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.

PHOTO: Shane Douthie

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.

PHOTO: Cheryl Browne

HANG UP: Dar­ren Lade from Tas­ma­nia makes use of the pay phone at 100 Mur­phy Street which is soon to be re­moved.

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