Please help ‘one of the most generous human beings alive’
A FUNDRAISING campaign has been launched to support the family of well-known Lennox Head artist Mark Waller, who is in hospital recovering from surgery to remove a brain tumour.
Frankie Sharman, who has worked with Mr Waller for the past five years, has set up a GoFundMe page.
"We've had a fantastic start," she said.
"We raised more than $12,000 in one day, which is amazing."
She said Mr Waller was upbeat following his surgery and "determined to beat this thing".
Mr Waller, 53, was in Western Australia when he was taken to hospital on May 19, a day after his solo exhibition closed and he was due to run a series of sell-out workshops.
It was then that the brain tumour was discovered.
Mr Waller underwent surgery on May 23 to remove the tumour and his wife, Nicole, and two daughters flew to Perth to be by his side.
"At this point in time, the future is very uncertain," Ms Sharman said.
"Like most artists, Mark doesn't have income protection and only he can produce his magic on canvas."
Ms Sharman said she wanted to help Mr Waller, who she described as "one of the most generous human beings alive".
"He is a dedicated giver, active in the community both for tirelessly providing his paintings and time to charities in Australia and overseas, clubs and schools, as well as inspiring our kids and adults through teaching karate and painting," she said.
To contribute visit www.gofundme.com/ getwellmarkwaller.