North Somerset Community Hospital has been gifted a beautiful painting designed to bring light to those visiting.
The hospital, managed by Sirona, has been continuing to provide local care and support for people throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
‘Golden Treescape’ was created by local artist Joan Hudson who takes her inspiration from Clevedon’s picturesque scenery.
The painting which depicts a woodland scene was chosen because of its tranquillity, enhanced by its unusual use of 24-carat gold leaf.
Joan Hudson said she was delighted and honoured that her painting was chosen by a group of local artists:
“I chose this subject because I admire trees, nature and the landscape very much, and I try to incorporate lighting and composition that is pleasing and tranquil.
“The idea behind my treescapes is that when one walks through a woodland or forest the light changes as one goes along.
“The 24-carat gilding has a similar effect because as you look at these paintings from different positions the light changes there too.”
She hopes that staff and visitors to the hospital will find the woodland painting interesting, intriguing and a calming distraction.
The artwork was donated to the hospital by Studio 3, a rural gallery and artists’ studio based at Clevedon Craft Centre.
John Pope, who is one of nine resident artists at Studio 3, said:
“We wanted, in some way, to thank everybody who work in the NHS.
“As North Somerset Community Hospital is very much part of our community, we also felt it was a way of marking the many decades of care they have provided locally.
“Art has the potential to calm, intrigue, comfort, distract and lift the spirits. All these qualities are clearly an advantage in any potentially stressful hospital setting at anytime but especially so during a pandemic.”
David Fife, Chair of Friends of North Somerset Community Hospital, who was there to witness the painting being presented to the hospital, said:
“It is a beautiful woodland scene and now hangs in the upstairs waiting room of the outpatient’s department.
“The Friends appreciate all support from the local community and this unique presentation will be a reminder of what a difficult year 2020 was for the whole NHS.
“It brightens up the waiting room and I am sure people will enjoy it for many years to come.”
Matt Croughan, Same Day Urgent Care and Minor Injury Unit Operational Manager said:
“We are absolutely delighted to receive such a lovely painting for people to enjoy whilst they are waiting for their appointments.
“Thank you to John and all the artists at Studio 3 for their kind donation and Joan Hudson of course for painting it.”