The work of talented local artist, Owen Piggott (dec) lives on in a serene painting that was recently donated to Bairnsdale Regional Health Service by Owen’s wife, Lyn Piggott.
The painting will hang in the family room located in the palliative care ward and Lyn hopes will offer families going through difficult times some peace and a moment to reflect.
“Owen spent his final days in palliative care at BRHS and I am so grateful to the nurses and those who cared for him for their support and care at such a difficult time,” Lyn said.
English born Owen, arrived in Australia in 1950 calling Frankston his home. It was here that their three daughters were born. The move to Metung was made after the family sold their Frankston home and returned to the UK for a year of travel.
Owen and Lyn called Metung their home for over 30 years and there is no doubt that the landscape and lifestyle influenced much of Owen’s work.
The painting Lyn has donated to BRHS depicts the style Owen embraced more recently and shows a great use of light and colour to tell the story.
One of Owen’s final art shows titled ‘White Light’ at the Gippsland Regional Gallery was the culmination of his final visions. Lyn has kindly donated the book of Owen’s works from this gallery and this will be located with the painting for families to enjoy.
Bairnsdale Regional Health Service Chief Executive Officer, Therese Tierney, was pleased to accept the donation and believes the painting will be a welcome addition to the family room.
“It is always lovely to hear positive feedback from families of patients who have spent time at BRHS, some going through the toughest of times. To know that our nursing staff are doing a wonderful job to make these difficult times as bearable as possible is pleasing,” she said.
“Palliative Care nurses do an incredible job caring for patients in their final days and supporting their families through this transitional period, which is never easy. Accepting this painting from the Piggott family recognises the wonderful work that these nurses do each day.”