An unconventional life
Despite never going through the traditional schooling system, it is clear Stan’s astute mind and natural charisma contribute to his overall business acumen.
Witnessing him close a deal on the sale of one of his paintings at his gallery in St. Kilda, Melbourne, it is evident he is a skilful business person in addition to being an extremely gifted artist.
While we’re chatting he’s also educating us with certain facts about Aboriginal culture such as “and a boomerang. It’s not a boomerang, it’s called a ‘Kylie’”.
And also talking about his beloved digeridoo: “I love playing the digeridoo. It’s the oldest wind instrument and we believe the second oldest sound – the first was the voice, then the digeridoo”.
For a customer who has purchased an artwork and is preparing to leave the gallery he hands over a free copy of his book (his memoir titled ‘A man called Yarra’).
“Oh, fantastic! Thank-you so much! I look forward to reading it” she exclaims, elated.
He certainly understands the importance of delighting the customer. “Customer service” he says out of earshot of the customer. “Keep ‘em coming back – like a Kylie”.
The interaction exemplifies Stan’s effortless combination of down-to-earth business savvy and belief in something higher than himself, a balance key to his commercial success.
After the customer has left the store he says “See, the painting picked her, she didn’t pick the painting”.
When asked his one piece of advice for people looking to follow their dreams is, Stan replies “Whatever is inside you that stirs you up with passion – feed it. Whatever else other people are saying that they don’t think that you can do – delete it. Just go on what you feel, this is your journey, it’s your passion, your vision – just let go and let it happen”.
And he firmly believes the best is yet to come.