Lifetime Homes believes that people with a disability have great ability.
While building our Lifetime SmartHome we wanted to support people with a disability and visited the Clarence Integrated Care Centre art class which was originally established for people with an acquired brain injury and those recovering from a stroke. We were particularly inspired by Mark’s artistic style and commissioned him to paint us three paintings for the accessible master bedroom. The three complementary images were inspired by the majestic yet rugged Tasmanian scenery: the large canvas from the Bay of Fires (NE Tas), a boat in Bathurst Harbour (SW Tas), and sky and waves from Tomahawk (NE Tas).
We worked with our interior designer to base the colour scheme of this room using the inspiration and colour scheme from the paintings.
We invited Mark to an afternoon tea so he could see his artwork on the walls. Here’s a bit about him: Mark has been supported with living with an intellectual disability and mental illness all his adult life. Art appears to be his primary interest that has endured and developed over these years. Over the past ten years, Mark has had the opportunity to display his art at various venues around Hobart, including the Clarence City Council, the Repatriation Hospital, The Waterside Pavilion, Mathers House and others. Over this time, Mark has attended art groups at the Clarence Integrated Care Centre and at his supported accommodation site run by Richmond Fellowship Tasmania.
When Cam purchased the display home and shared with us about his journey with MS we promised to donate the artwork to MS Ltd. The two smaller paintings were put up at MS Ltd’s office and the large canvas of the Bay of Fires was donated to the the Red Affair MS Charity Cocktail party in May 2019, a fundraising event to raise money for MS.
A letter from the MS Charity Committee, thanked us for our support: “Having raised over $23,000 through this event, your choice to support The Red Affair MS Charity through sponsorship enables us to continue to make a positive difference to the quality of life for those living with MS across our community. It is with sincere gratitude we thank you for your involvement and contribution” Lisele Rankin
While we were sad to say goodbye it was good to raise some much needed funds for this worthwhile cause. This is certainly a painting that keeps on giving and we hope the winners of the auction who took this painting home love it as much as we do.