Mum's mural

Mum's mural

Posted on 13 July 2017 by Monika Reichelt

We have recently refurbished the reception and waiting areas within our main hospice building and one of the most eye-catching features has proven to be a mural designed by Scottish illustrator Louisa Cookson. Louisa’s mum Shirley died in the hospice in 2010 and she very kindly gifted the original artwork to the hospice in her mum’s memory.

Entitled “Shirley Poppies in September” the detailed illustration features Shirley sitting on a bench in the beautiful hospice gardens in the sun whilst also cleverly combining elements of the in-patient unit’s Cedar Lounge and other recognisable outbuildings.

Louisa pays this tribute to her mum:

“Dear Mum, it makes me happy to think of you every time I sit with a friend on a bench in the sunshine, drinking tea with the robins nearby. And I know that you'll be waiting on a bench to greet me in the sun when that happy day comes for us to meet again. I miss your friendship so much. Lou”.

Louisa is a graduate of Glasgow’s Mackintosh School of Art with an Honours degree in Architecture. She went on to work in the field of architecture for four years before becoming a freelance illustrator to work on private commissions in 2009. You can view more of Louisa’s work at