Pamela paints a room with a view

Artist Pamela Hayes leans against the stove and watches residents and staff reactions to the new 'Country Kitchen' mural in the Opal Wing at Southern Cross St Lawrence Apartments.

Artist Pamela Hayes leans against the stove and watches residents and staff reactions to the new 'Country Kitchen' mural in the Opal Wing at Southern Cross St Lawrence Apartments.

When Activities Co-ordinator Debbie Tonkin, from Southern Cross St Lawrence Apartments had the idea to have a  full wall-size mural painted in the Opal Wing for high-care residents, she turned to award-winning local artist Pamela Hayes.

“We wanted something that would remind residents of the homes of their youth,” Mrs Hayes said. “So we decided on a ‘country kitchen from the depression years’ theme.” 

The first step was to design the layout and then have the design projected onto the wall, but that idea failed when there was no projector available for the project, so Mrs Hayes had to sketch directly on to the wall.

“I must give credit to my husband George here,” Mrs Hayes said. “He came up with a formula from a Renaissance artist regarding perspective. Without that formula, we could not have done it.”

“The painting took me approximately four months, going to the facility four hours per day, five days a week,” Mrs Hayes said. “But for the pleasure the mural gives the residents, it was worth it.”

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