With her signs and menu boards hanging in some of the busiest watering holes in the city, Yolanda O'Neill Keane's works are familiar to most. But few know the woman behind the chalk-drawn words.
"I do enjoy chalkboards, though you do get sick of writing the same words - coffee and beer would be the words I've written the most over the years," the 44-year-old artist said.
"The oldest one around is probably the one outside the Union [Hotel], I did that about eight years ago. I've definitely gotten better since then."
Drawing elaborately lettered menus and signs began as a side project when Ms O'Neill Keane started working in the hospitality industry about 18 years ago.
"I've been drawing my whole life, as a kid I was always obsessed with signs and drawing band logos," Ms O'Neill Keane said.
"I started doing specials boards then I started getting requests about 11 years ago."
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Nowadays, Ms O'Neill Keane draws about 100 boards and wedding signs a year through her business 'Chalk It Up'.
Her canvases now also include Christmas baubles, clothing, the city's levee bank during the Lost Lanes festival, and ambitiously, the Bunnings carpark in 2018.
"[At Bunnings] I drew on the ground for a couple of hours, I think that was physically the hardest job I've done," she said.
"Shop windows are hard, you have to write backwards. So that's a skill I didn't know I had."
Her work has also led her to confront her fear of heights. Just last week Ms O'Neill Keane spent 18 hours up a ladder finishing a cafe menu.
"I would love to do a big mural. I'm doing up a shed and I will have a big wall to do up," she said.
"I'm not a huge fan of heights so that's what's stopping me doing anything large-scale. I've cured my fear of ladders though."
At the moment, she is working on a set of 12 original drawings detailing Wagga's changing vistas through time.
Entitled 'Revisit', the collection will be exhibited in Wagga's E3 Gallery from the middle of July and will be the culmination of two years' work.
"There are so many people taking photos on phones and not enough documenting what things actually look like on an everyday level," she said. "That's what art has always been about for me."
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