Mural attracts viewers at lake

Whitsunday artist Suzi Hancock painted a mural for her nanna Ilse Janicki, which has become a talking point for people walking beside the lake off Abell Road, Cannonvale.
Whitsunday artist Suzi Hancock painted a mural for her nanna Ilse Janicki, which has become a talking point for people walking beside the lake off Abell Road, Cannonvale.

THE side wall of an Abell Road property that backs onto the public pathway and lake has become a talking point since Whitsunday artist Suzi Hancock transformed it into the blend of a Mediterranean and Whitsunday scene.

The property belongs to Ms Hancock's "nanna", Ilse Janicki, who moved in one year ago on November 22 after migrating from Germany.

Ms Hancock said she was inspired to paint the mural, both for her nanna and the people who walk by.

"It was a big brown wall - very boring - I couldn't help myself," she said.

"And with all the traffic that comes past, socially I thought it deserved to be here."

Ms Hancock chose to blend her nanna's European ancestry with a Whitsunday view and came up with a design for the family matriarch to approve.

"I mixed a lot of images together actually and I wanted to extend her patio so that's why I've done the tiles and the balustrades like that - I think it's opened it up," she said.

Ms Hancock, who finished the mural about three weeks ago, said people had been drawn to it, often stopping for a better look.

"Then they start talking to nanna - she's made so many friends out of it," she said.

Ms Janicki said her new-look wall was "beautiful" and expressed great pride in her granddaughter's talents.

"I'm just happy to have a granddaughter who's so clever," she said.

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