By Melissa Keogh
The state-of-the-art new Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) opened this month and already Adelaide Hills artist Miranda Lloyd has made her mark on the $2.3 billion building.
Miranda of Houghton has been selected to display her large paintings on the walls of the world class new RAH, which completed a huge patient move from the old hospital on September 6.
A collection of 28 calming canvases featuring wildlife, landscapes and nature will hang in the Centre of Creative Health for three months.
Miranda, a 2014 Brand South Australia Regional Showcase finalist, says she was “over the moon” upon learning she would showcase her work alongside “amazing architecture, interiors and facilities”.
“It is one of my most exciting opportunities to date, appealing to such a large audience with the traffic passing through including patients, visitors and staff,” she says.
Miranda says she hopes her artwork has a calming effect on hospital patients and visitors.
“Art can be used as a therapy for mental health and stress, which will be very useful in the hospital setting,” she says.
“When I paint I find it very calming and get lost in my own little world.
“I hope people seeing my exhibition in the RAH will feel the same too.”
The theme for the artworks is earth and water and Miranda says many of her pieces are inspired by her Hills surroundings.
“I spend a lot of time painting outside so I get to take in the amazing views and I’m surrounded by birdlife,” she says.
“I’m also known for my signature trees, farm animals, fruits, and my vine/wine series as I am a big wine lover and spend many Sundays at different wineries in all of our regions.”
Miranda has travelled the country painting large scale murals in many tourist destinations and has also illustrated children’s books.
Three years ago she was selected as a finalist in Brand South Australia’s Regional Showcase, which aims to celebrate the success stories in the state’s regions.
Miranda says becoming a finalist put her graphic design and visual art business on the map and generated many enquiries.
“As an artist it certainly helped me raise my profile too and probably contributed to my exhibition at the new RAH.
“It certainly adds credibility to my design and art services.
“I am also very proud to be South Australian and excited where our state is going.”
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