An artis­tic ap­proach to life

Townsville Bulletin - - News - Alexis Gill­ham

FINE LINES: Cliff Brown uses art to pass the time in hos­pi­tal where he is re­cov­er­ing from a lung con­di­tion FOR Pi­casso, paint­ing was just an­other way of keep­ing a di­ary.

For Townsville man Cliff Brown, it’s his draw­ings which tell his story.

The artist re­cently spent four weeks in Townsville Hos­pi­tal and had more than 100 draw­ings lin­ing his hos­pi­tal room.

It was not the first time he had been in hos­pi­tal and clin­i­cal nurse con­sul­tant Lea- anne Hume said the staff were in awe of his tal­ent.

‘‘ De­pend­ing on the de­tail, it takes him be­tween 20 and 30 min­utes for each draw­ing,’’ she said.

‘‘ His room is com­pletely cov­ered in draw­ings.

‘‘ The nurses all love it, it’s re­ally good be­cause it keeps him happy.’’

Mr Brown said draw­ing was his way of mak­ing time pass quickly while he was in hos- pital. ‘‘ I draw as a hobby out­side hos­pi­tal,’’ the 32-yearold said. ‘‘ I’ve been draw­ing since I was in Year 3.

‘‘ When I’m bored I sketch, they are like tat­too de­signs – scor­pi­ons, f i sh, dol­phins, what­ever comes i nto my head.’’

Orig­i­nally from Mount Isa but now liv­ing in Townsville, Mr Brown was treated for a lung con­di­tion in hos­pi­tal.

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