Nimrod Park Mural “John’s Garden”


Nimrod Park Mural

John’s Garden

The Nimrod Street Park sits on the land of the Gadigal people, who used this land well into the 1800s.

European convicts and settlers started to use the local area to quarry stone, jail convicts and farm in the early 1800s. The park is located on the site where a stone windmill once stood, before being dismantled to build the Beare Stairs and the first stone terraces in Darlinghurst.

Nimrod Park Windmill

The park is just a tiny little thing, on the corner of Nimrod Street and Caldwell Street, but it plays a key role to the local community.

The quiet street has no traffic, so the park provides a green space for local children and dogs to play while also providing a peaceful sanctuary for local residents - most of whom do not have outdoor spaces. The park often has visitors soaking up the sun rays, reading or drawing on the benches and helps to create a meeting place for the community.

The park is also plagued with drug problems, that put these visitors at risk. The quiet and out of the way location make it an attractive location for less desirable activities and the removal of many plants as well as the crumbling wall give the park the look of a place that is less loved or watched.


I started my mural, “John’s Garden”, in April 2021, with support from the local community. Dozens of people have visited while I paint to see the progress and thank me for deciding to proactively do something.

I plan to incorporate the Windmill onto the right side of the wall and to include as many native plants as possible (I already have Kangeroo Paws). I am also using the existing plants to give the impression of extending what is there and building layers to make the park appear deeper snd more wild.

To ensure the mural lasts and to help protect the wall from further damage, I’m using Weather Guard Exterior Paints as well as proper house painting rollers and brushes. Once complete, I’ll cover the mural in a clear coat to protect and ensure it can be easily maintained.

The mural is estimated to cost $1,500 in total by the time it’s complete. So far I am covering this cost without sponsorship or council grants. However, given the positive response I thought I would open the pathway for donations to help fund the project.

All funds donated will go towards the materials used. If donations reach $1,500 I’ll close the donations page - the goal is not to make a profit, just to help ensure the mural is completed.

Do you have a question about The Postmodern Pet custom pet portraits, hand painted using oil paints on stretched canvas? Please see below for further information.

What sizes do you paint?

 I have three standard sizes available on my website.

  1.      Small Pet Portraits are 31x31cm (12”x12”)
  2.      Medium Pet Portraits are 31x61cm (12”x24”)
  3.      Large Pet Portraits are 61x61cm (24”x24”)

 If you would like a custom sized portrait, just let me know and I can arrange a customised quote for you.

How long does a painting take?

My paintings typically take between 4 to 10 hours to complete. However, there are four stages that your order will go through which can affect the time taken to receive your portrait – sketching, painting, drying and shipping.

You will typically receive an image of your completed painting within one week of processing your order. There is then a one-week drying period before shipping, which can take up to two weeks depending on your location.

How do I choose the right photo?

There are a few different options for selecting the right photo. You can send me your favourite image or I can select a few options from your Instagram feed and confirm the final selection with you.

 A lot of customers find this part of the process very difficult because their pet has a perfect expression in one photo and a perfect pose in another.

If that is the case, just send them both through and I’ll create a new image that merges the best of both images.

How do I see the price in different currencies?

Prices are shown by default on my website in Australian Dollars, but you can update to your preferred currency using the drop-down menu at the bottom of the page.

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What is the cost of delivery?

There are no additional charges for shipping to any location, world wide.



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All prices shown on my website are inclusive of taxes.

You can view my prices (all of which include taxes) on my website.

Prices are shown in Australian Dollars, but you can update to your preferred currency using the drop-down menu at the bottom of the page.


Sarah Ranner - Artist & Owner

Sarah is the artist behind The Postmodern Pet. Sarah has been painting bespoke animal portraits in the Sydney area for over 20 years. Utilising oil paints on stretched canvas, Sarah's hand painted artistic style is somewhere between pop-art and impressionism.  Figures are shown in a realistic form, with exaggerated colours that provide a happy and bright visual effect.

Charlie Ranner - Head of Manufacturing

Charlie is a seven year old Ginger and White Cat (a.k.a. an Alley Cat). Charlie is in charge of everything that takes place in the art studio here at The Postmodern Pet. He decides which materials are available to use (by sitting on any paint brushes or colours that he thinks Sarah is trying to use in error), decides when Sarah can take breaks (by demanding scratches) and sometimes just sits on Sarah's lap to weight her down and make sure she gets the job done.

Ziggy Ranner - Head of Distribution

Ziggy is a two year old Miniature Pinscher (a.k.a. Min Pin). Ziggy isn't even slightly interested in the manufacturing process - he wants to go to the park and meet potential customers! Ziggy makes sure Sarah doesn't sit all day (which she is very grateful for) and can be seen in most time-lapse video's crawling all over the peripheral - waiting for his chance.


Dusty Ranner - Head of Nap Times

Dusty is a baby Chihuahua who joined the family in 2020. Dusty is obsessed with everyone and everything. She’s so excited about helping Sarah paint, Ziggy walk and Charlie inspect that she’s exhausted more often than not! Dusty makes sure everyone gets together and naps whenever possible.