Paint away aches and pains
SIX years ago former bus driver Bob Jackson and friend Ian Cullen got together to try painting works of art as a way of easing the aches and pains of aging.
The art days became a regular event on Bob Jackson's veranda outside Nimbin and not only did it provide the desired therapy but both men became increasingly good at producing art.
Soon their wives Susan and Dorothy joined in and from next Tuesday the foursome will hold their first public exhibition, called "Healing Art from the Verandah", at Kyogle Shire Council's Roxy Gallery at 143 Summerland Way.
The Jacksons moved to Kyogle just over a month ago but as their new home also has a veranda the two couples have been able to continue their regular Wednesday art sessions there.
Their exhibition from May 15 to June 9, with an official opening on May 19, is promoted on the council's website as the result of the budding artists' decision to paint together "as a way of supporting each other dealing with their own individual medical problems".
"It's the way Ian and I chose to deal with our daily aches and pains," Mr Jackson said.
"It works a treat. While you are absorbed in painting you are not thinking about anything else.
"Once I discovered oil paint I was sold. I love the feel of it, the smell of it. I'm absolutely absorbed by it."
Mr Jackson said he had "dabbled a bit in oil painting" in 2000 as a way of relieving his anxiety about driving a bus at the Olympic Games in Sydney. He decided to try it again when he was told in 2005 his bus-driving days were over."
"Dot (Dorothy) came up and asked could I teach Ian to paint," he added. "Ian quite enjoyed what he was doing and we made it a regular event