Gary Holdsworth has had a colourful career. A painter by trade, he has been colouring peoples’ homes for more than 25 years. “I was a bit of a beach bum when I was younger, but I knew I needed to settle down and do something with my life,” he says. “I was young, I saw there was a painting apprenticeship available, so I took it. I’ve been a painter ever since.”
After honing his craft as an apprentice in Williamstown, Gary spent the next eight years working for a painting company in Ardeer, in Melbourne’s west. But it was a move to regional Victoria that saw him swap his paint brushes for a project management role.
Gary, who grew up in Werribee, followed his work to Ballarat, where he quickly climbed the ranks to become a regional foreman and project manager. It wasn’t long before he started to miss being on the tools and, a few years later, took a leap of faith and decided to start his own business.“Being a project manager dominated my life too much,” he says. “I was never home, never saw my kids, was always on the road. I wanted to stay more local and have a better work-life balance. That’s when I went back to the brushes.”