Personal history and creative factors were involved in sculptor Paul Selwood's decision to undertake a residency at Hill End. He grew up in Orange and visited the area several times as a boy, vividly recalling the old mud brick ruins. He also revisited the region as a student at National Art School and says that "memory mixed with new visions would play into the mood of work that I do at Hill End." The visually exciting geological formation where the Turon River has cut its way through the hills suggests sculptural possibilities for the artist. Selwood points out that "landscape is a common subject in painting but an extraordinary subject in sculpture." Having held no less than twenty solo exhibitions in Australia, Selwood holds a MFA from the University of NSW and has lectured extensively in sculpture.