Food and art inspired by nature
Page 8 - THE CHRONICLE, Wednesday, September 27, 2017
THE renaming of the Murdoch House restaurant to the Billabong Restaurant has inspired a work of art that now hangs on the restaurant walls.
Murdoch House proprietors Shanka and Elam named the restaurant after the nearby billabongs at the end of Billabong Drive where friends John and Dianne Johnstone live.
When Shanka discovered that Dianne’s sister Maree Egglestone was an artist he suggested she paint a billa- bong to decorate the restaurant.
Maree, who now lives in Melbourne but is a past student at Wangaratta High School, started painting seriously about three years ago after retiring as a midwife.
She is also a published author writing a novel, ‘Small Secrets’, based loosely on her three years of training at Prince Henry’s Hospital.
“I was willing to try anything when I retired,” Maree said at the unveiling of her artwork at the restaurant.
“I have entered a number of art shows and now I’m starting to do commissions.
“I’m now doing commissions and really enjoying interiors.”
Initially Maree was going to create one painting but said the changing face of the billabongs during the day inspired her to create the three panelled piece.
The three panels of oil on canvas entitled Winter Billabong portray the billabongs at different times of the day, frosty morning, fog on the billabong and dusk and are sure to be a talking point for diners.
BILLABONG BEAUTY: John Johnstone, Elam and Kathikeyan with Maree Egglestone and her three paintings of nearby billabongs now at the Billabong Restaurant at Murdoch House.
HANG UP: Darren Lade from Tasmania makes use of the pay phone at 100 Murphy Street which is soon to be removed.