Artist's paintings move into new home at GV Health
Published at: 31 Jul 2019
GV Health Allied Health Assistant Jane Spencer knew the perfect home for 10 paintings she was commissioned to paint in recent years.
Ms Spencer said she painted the "whimsical, bright and bold" pieces to hang at Shepparton Central (now Shepparton Homemaker Centre), depicting Australian flora and fauna.
She explained when the homemaker centre went into new ownership and was redesigned, they no longer needed the pieces in the corner of the centre.
"My friends kept asking me what would happen to them," she said.
It was Ms Spencer's involvement with GV Health's Signage and Wayfinding Committee that prompted her to get in touch with the new Shepparton Central owners.
"We were talking about the use of art as landmarks when wayfinding so it was perfect timing," she said.
"I rang the new Shepparton Central owners and they very generously donated the murals to the hospital."
With the first painting now hung at the west entrance to GV Health’s 'Hub' area showcasing a cockatoo, Ms Spencer said it was lovely to see them again.
"I'm so glad they are brightening up the hallways as well as being useful," she said.
The pieces took Ms Spencer around 200 hours to complete where she painted for around five hours each day.
She explained how she honed her artistic talent.
"While flicking through a magazine at the hairdressers, I noticed an art class advert," she said.
"Something about it captured my imagination and I just had to do it.”
The class gave Ms Spencer the focus and techniques needed to step up and attempt to create saleable work.
"That was 2013 and since then I've had two solo exhibitions, sold 50 plus paintings and completed over 20 commissions - one was a Shepparton Moooving Art Cow, 'Lola Murchabella' for the Murchison Tomato Festa and another was these 10 murals," she said.
"Since the installation of the first mural (at GV Health) staff have been really generous with their comments and have been asking more about my artwork."
Ms Spencer said she was currently working on five large-scale boards to commemorate 50 years since the meteorite fell in Murchison; they will be installed next month.