Bullaburra’s Patricia Smart was one of 80 international artists selected to paint a mural in China.
The 50-year-old said when she first received an email from famous Chinese filmmaker and composer Steven Liu inviting her to Hua Quan Village, she thought it was a scam.
“I was shocked,” she said. “But after I did some research and figured out it was legit, I was humbled to be invited.”
Ms Smart was invited as the sole Australian representative to paint a mural for Mr Liu’s Miracle Mural Project – hosted annually since 2015 – where artists from all over the world are invited to create individual murals to promote creativity and inspiration.
“The village is built on the fundamental principles of truth, compassion and beauty and is a breeding ground for artists to collaborate, discuss and create artwork together in a supportive community,” she said.
Hua Quan Village, a purpose-built village devoted to wellbeing and the arts, is in the world heritage province of Jiangxi.
“I feel incredibly honoured to represent my country doing the thing I love the most. It’s a dream come true to travel the world making art.”
I feel incredibly honoured to represent my country doing the thing I love the most.
“This year’s theme was ‘miracles’,” Ms Smart said.
“I created ‘The Wish’. It’s a silhouette of a young girl who is making a wish. She is a symbol of hope, filled with the miracles of nature found all around her.
“The winds of change blow and give form to her imagination and her dreams become a reality as she is transported to another world by a spirit of peace and generosity.”
Although Ms Smart lives in the Blue Mountains, she grew up in Baulkham Hills and travels to The Hills where she works as a dental nurse at Castle Hill Children’s Dentistry.
She has transformed the surgery walls with her mural paintings where they are used as diversional therapy.
“I’ve painted murals in the rooms to get the kids mind off what the dentist is about to do to them,” she said.
“The art helps them cope. They’re not thinking about what’s about to be done to them, they’re amused by all the colour and what’s around them – somewhat a magical world.”
A member of the Blue Mountains Artists Network and mural artist since 1989, Ms Smart has painted hundreds of murals throughout Australia through her business Becsmart Murals.
Recently, she was a finalist in Tasmania’s International Mural Fest where she was crowned with not one, but three awards, including ‘Highly Commended’, ‘People’s Choice’ and ‘Visitors Choice’ awards.
- Ms Smart will be part of the BMAN arts trail on October 21-22.