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Army Colours to Water Colours

Wednesday, 1 November 2023

Veteran Troy Hutchinson, a resident of Townsville, has discovered a newfound passion in watercolour painting, thanks to the engaging classes provided by The Oasis Townsville. Every week, Mr Hutchinson dedicates his Wednesday afternoons to creating beautiful watercolour landscapes at The Oasis.

Mr Hutchinson, who relocated to Townsville from Launceston, Tasmania to be closer to family members working in defence, found his way to The Oasis during a pivotal time in his life. As he navigated the process of finalising his Totally and Permanently Incapacitated (TPI) status and sought financial guidance, word of mouth led him to The Oasis. He initially sought assistance with financial planning but stumbled upon the Watercolour Art Class through The Oasis's OnTarget newsletter.

"The watercolour art class has become a weekly highlight for me," Mr Hutchinson shared. "It's an opportunity to socialise, refine my painting skills, and connect with a community beyond my usual social circle. It's a way for me to focus my energy on the present while cherishing my positive memories of my time in defence."

Although Mr Hutchinson had no prior experience with watercolour painting, he embarked on a journey of self-discovery, skill development, and social engagement. He emphasised that while the class isn't a prescribed treatment for his mental health issues, it definitely improves his mental health and serves as a vital outlet for connecting with people and enhancing his skills.

Mr Hutchinson plans to sell his artwork at the upcoming Twilight Markets at The Oasis. "Selling my artwork would validate its quality. It's one thing for someone to say they like my paintings; it's another for someone to invest their hard-earned money," he explained. He has found a particular talent for landscape paintings and exclusively creates his art at The Oasis.

Angie Barsby, the General Manager of The Oasis Townsville, highlighted the immense value of social connections in enhancing happiness and life satisfaction. She expressed delight in Mr Hutchinson's creative progress and his participation as a stallholder at the Twilight Markets, underlining the potential that Veterans possess during their transition from defence.

The Oasis Townsville provides a wide range of activities and support for Veterans and their families, facilitating life-changing experiences. Mrs Barsby extends an invitation to both Veterans and the broader Townsville community to visit and support the upcoming Twilight Markets.

To witness Mr Hutchinson's artwork and other Veterans selling their creations, join The Oasis Townsville's Twilight Markets at 1 Staging Camp Avenue, Oonoonba, on Friday, November 10, from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM.

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