Muswellbrook born and bred self-taught artist Dan Bianco drawing plenty of attention at Muswellbrook Marketplace

DAN Bianco is drawing plenty of attention to himself at the moment.

And, that's a great thing, considering he wants to host his own exhibition one day.

The self-taught artist, born and bred in town, has returned home to work on an eye-catching mural at Muswellbrook Marketplace.

You may have already noticed the bright Acacia pendula and blue-banded bees adorning the shopping centre's outside wall.

So, it's set to be a local showpiece for many years to come.

"I was commissioned to do it about six-to-eight months ago, however we only got the ball rolling in the past couple of weeks," Bianco said.

"The Acacia pendula and blue-banded bee are native to Australia, but found in Muswellbrook.

"That's what they [Muswellbrook Marketplace] wanted.

"It should be finished soon, although the weather conditions haven't helped [today]."

The former St Joseph's High School Aberdeen student is well-known within the regional artistic community.

Now based at Newcastle, Bianco also completed similar works at the Muswellbrook Hotel (Bob Marley), PT with Angie (female sports figure) and the Commercial Hotel (Peter Pan theme).

"This is my fourth wall in the area," he said.

"But, it's always awesome to be asked back to your hometown.

"There is a lot of traffic around here, so it is a good opportunity to see some familiar faces.

"I've had a few old teachers come up and say hello.

"Not many of them realised I was artistic," he added with a laugh.

"I left the area at 18 and only showed interest [in art] again about the age of 23.

"I'm now 29.

"I've got a few more walls in the works; however my main goal is to have my own exhibition."

In the meantime, Bianco's also keen to "do his bit" following the recent bushfire crisis engulfing the state.

He's raffling an original painting of a koala to raise much-needed funds for WIRES Australian Wildlife Rescue Organisation.

"As an artist, it was a no-brainer on how I could help," he said.

"This summer has just been terrible.

"It's beyond devastating.

"So, I've teamed up with WIRES to raffle off my koala painting - it's 1.1m x 1.1m - with 100 per cent of the proceeds going towards the group's ongoing hard work and rehabilitation for our Australian wildlife.

"Tickets are $20 each.

"For all the finer details and how to purchase one, visit the link in my bio"