Nina Hensley is selling cards that feature her mother’s artwork.
Nina Hensley is selling cards that feature her mother’s artwork.

Artistic card designs to help support cancer cure

NINA Hensley has already raised more than $200 for cancer research by selling cards that feature her late mother's Australian bush themed artworks.

As a child, Mrs Hensley had painted T-shirts, painted curtains and many other little items that expressed her mother's creativity.

Despite all this, Mrs Hensley said her mum never thought she was any good.

"She never really believed in her own ability," she said.

"She had no confidence in herself."

It wasn't until she remarried years later that Louise Alexander was encouraged to further explore her talent.

"She grew in confidence and painted for about 20 years," Mrs Hensley said.

She created more than 100 artworks inspired by the Australian bush, all of which were painted using her own photography.

One of the many bird designs.
One of the many bird designs.

Mrs Alexander died from liver cancer in 2016 after receiving a terminal diagnosis just four months earlier.

Now, her daughter is seeing to it that her artistic legacy lives on by sharing the art works with the Central Highlands community.

"I love seeing my mother's artwork live on," she said.

"It's good to see that other people appreciate how good it is.

"She felt like she lacked talent and people now are amazed at how good she was."

All funds raised from the card sales will go directly towards cancer research projects at the University of Queensland.

According to National Cancer Institute, there were 8.2 million cancer related deaths in 2012, the equivalent of more than 22,000 a day.

One of ten designs part of the first series.
One of ten designs part of the first series.

"We've lived with cancer for so long we've become immune to how common it is," Mrs Hensley said.

"Those statistics make coronavirus seem insignificant.

"When it's all over, cancer will still be there."

The large, blank cards are suitable for all occasions, including birthdays, anniversaries, thinking of you, sympathy or Mother's Day.

Mrs Hensley recently released ten designs which feature different birds, part of the first of five series.

She said she would release a series of 10 cards each year, which would include trees, waterfalls, animals and more.

Nina Hensley is selling cards that feature her mothers artwork.
Nina Hensley is selling cards that feature her mothers artwork.

"She absolutely loved Australian wildlife," Mrs Hensley said.

The cards can be purchased at Gumby Gumby Australia, located at Capella St, Clermont, or through the Goodwill Greetings Facebook page.

People can also purchase the designs as prints, on coffee mugs or on cushions.

Mrs Hensley said it would be a great way to encourage others and spread some joy during isolation.

"I'm really interested to hear what people do with them," she said.

"I've written a few to send to the aged care residents in Clermont to say that we're thinking of them. I think it's nice."

The cards cost $4 each or can be purchased in packs of six or 10.


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