As a young man Cusack learnt painting technique from mostly Australian landscape painters and exhibited extensively throughout Australia, often with people such as Dobell, Drysdale, Lindsay, Blackman, Herman, Dargie, Jackson, Rapotec, etc, many of whom he got to know and exhibited with, a very young painter amongst older well established artists. His style during this very early period was primarily traditional landscape, portrait and figures, very different from the psychological work he prefers to paint today; however for historic reasons a few early examples of these early pictures are shown below.