Emerald Hospital's stroke of good fortune

World-renowned Australian artist Wayne Clements has been in Emerald creating oil paintings for the past two weeks. An auction of his works will be held on Saturday and a raffle will raise money for the Emerald Hospital.
World-renowned Australian artist Wayne Clements has been in Emerald creating oil paintings for the past two weeks. An auction of his works will be held on Saturday and a raffle will raise money for the Emerald Hospital. Meghan Kidd Emewayneclements

AUSTRALIAN artist Wayne Clements is helping the Emerald Hospital one brush stroke at a time.

The world-renowned artist and host of the Logie- nominated television show Art Studio has been in Emerald for the past two weeks doing oil paintings in the Central Highlands Marketplace.

Travelling to the region from his home in Tamborine Mountain, Wayne said he was glad to be painting and raising funds for a well-deserved facility.

"We will have a raffle on Saturday where you can win your choice of an oil painting. The money raised will go to the Emerald Hospital," Wayne said.

"We've done this before and have supported the local SES. We try to spread it around whenever we visit, and the hospital is a worthy cause."

Wayne has visited the region many times for locals to look on, and hopefully buy, what he creates in front of them.

"I've got a connection here. I worked as an electrician at many mines in the area - Blackwater, Clermont and Oaky Creek," he said.

"I know the area and enjoy the landscapes. We're staying at the Fairbairn Dam, so I'll be doing paintings of that."

An auction will take place on Saturday from noon at the Central Highlands Marketplace, with paintings up for grabs. Wayne said these usually sold for $1800 at his gallery, but sometimes went for $200 at auction.

"They're usually all sold in about 30 minutes," Wayne said with a laugh.

"It's a great opportunity to buy a piece of original art."

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