Cartoonist Phil Day creates art mural for RLOA retreat

Cartoonist Phil Day and Rural Lifestyle Options Australia’s CEO Michelle Latailakepa. Photo: Supplied
Cartoonist Phil Day and Rural Lifestyle Options Australia’s CEO Michelle Latailakepa. Photo: Supplied

CARTOONIST Phil Day has brought an array of colour to a Rural Lifestyle Options Australia’s retreat with the creation of an art mural.

What was once a dull yellow wall has turned into an art piece containing a beach, a safari and a country theme at Emerald House Respite Retreat.

Mr Day’s popular cartoon Maggie featured in the Beaudesert Times newspaper also makes an appearance on the wall among some farm animals.

Following a survey, RLOA participants suggested the three themes with cartoon ideas they wanted Mr Day to draw such as palm trees, surfers, zebras, windmills and a man in an Akubra.

Mr Day, who volunteered his time to paint the mural, said he hoped the piece would bring smiles for many years to come.

“I am proud to give back to a community organisation with a mission that I believe in,” he said.

“They deserve more recognition and support for what they do and I thought (creating the mural) would be a great way to contribute to their cause.”

RLOA chief executive officer Michelle Latailakepa said the mural had received an overwhelmingly positive response by RLOA participants and retreat guests.

“The inclusion of Phil’s artwork has made our Emerald House Respite Retreat feel so inviting,” she said.

“The colours and characters that he has used, truly brings this space to life.”

Ms Latailakepa said she felt the artwork achieved the project’s purpose to rid the fear of staying in an unfamiliar place while involving patients through the process.

“It can be scary for people to be away from home so I thought having an art mural would brighten up the place,” she said.

“The wall is placed outside of the main dining room and in the entrance to two bedrooms.

“It’s the perfect place for everyone to admire it.”

Ms Latailakepa said Mr Day was a local celebrity in the eyes of RLOA’s participants.

“They follow his work and were thrilled to be a part of the creation of the art mural with him,” she said.

“On behalf of the organisation I would like to thank Phil for his generosity, for not only gifting his talent, but his time, to bring this project into fruition.”