Dying woman wants loving homes for art
A Whitby woman with terminal cancer is looking for loving owners for her beloved artworks.
Painter and textile artist Laura Muir, 72, is holding an exhibition and sale of more than 50 artworks at Whitby Lakes retirement village next month.
She is selling the works at hugely discounted rates, to ensure they are snapped up.
‘‘I want them to have loving homes. That’s my aim, it’s not to make money,’’ Muir says.
A former social worker and psychotherapist, Muir came to art late, in her 50s. A fellow psychotherapy student invited her to a drawing class at The Learning Connexion in the 1990s, and Muir found her calling. She began by working with fabric, but found little success in painting at first.
‘‘ I learned to draw at the Learning Connexion but I found I had a real psychological block about paint,’’ she says.
A year-long diploma in art and creativity at The Learning Connexion got her over that hurdle. Galleries became interested in her work – her paintings of Wellington villas sold like hotcakes.
‘‘I hit on the fact that people love Wellington houses. They were very popular and they sold,’’ Muir says.
She moved into more abstract work in the 2000s.
‘‘I realised you could have a lot of fun if you went abstract so that started me off.’’
Muir exhibited three times in Toronto while visiting her son two years ago. She fell ill while in Canada and was diagnosed with colon cancer. For the past 18 months she has been a patient of Mary Potter Hospice.
Mary Potter volunteer Heather Alexander helped Muir organise the exhibition.
Before retiring, Muir spent 30 hours a week on her art, and she is still creating new works.
‘‘Life is for living. When you know it’s shortening you don’t want to waste a day.’’
Laura Muir exhibition, September 8 and 9, 2pm to 6pm, at Whitby Lakes reception, 1 Newhaven Way, Whitby.
Sew creative: Whitby artist and cancer patient Laura Muir hopes her textile artworks and paintings will find good homes following a September exhibition.