Painter Widow of Scots donates artwork to Dundee Hospital to comfort cancer patients

The widow of a famous painter from Tayside donated one of his works to the hospital where he was treated for rare blood cancer before his death earlier this year.

Martin Livingstone Smith – known as Mick Livingstone’s “Brush” – has previously been diagnosed with the rare form of the disease known as myelodysplastic syndrome.

He then developed into acute myeloid leukemia, for which he received treatment at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, in ward 34.

Mick was from Glasgow and studied fine art at Sheffield College of Art in the 1970s.

However, the 71-year-old had lived in Newport-on-Tay for 20 years and sadly died in hospital on May 25, 2021.

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Mick Livingstone’s painting of Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve hung at Ninewells Hospital

His widow Marianne has now donated one of his paintings to the service as a thank you to the staff and to inspire hope among those still receiving treatment for blood disorders.

Marianne said: “During his illness, Martin would spend hours receiving transfusions in the hematology day room in Ward 34 of Ninewells Hospital.

“He hated sitting around and having the patience to go through the long but necessary procedure.

“He was a skilled art therapist and firmly believed that art was necessary for the human psyche and knew he could cheer people up, distract them and uplift them.

“For this reason, he was determined to donate one of his works of art to the hematology day service. “

The chosen painting, In the Silence of Light, represents the road to Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve, one of his favorite places to paint.

Mick was famous for his paintings of local trees, especially those in the Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve on the northeast coast of Fife.

Many of his works had been exhibited and sold by the Ron Lawson Gallery in West Dundee.

The gallery said it would be “missed a lot”.

Marianne added: “He chose this painting, In the silence of the light, as one of his best works.

“He believed that the lighted road exemplified hope and optimism, perhaps even allowing the viewer to imagine a better future around the corner.

“He hoped that the local image of the road to Tentsmuir Nature Reserve would be familiar to people and that the donation would also be a fitting thank you for the wonderful care he had received during the short time he spent. with dr [Sudhir] Tauro and his team.

Accepting the donation, staff nurse Laura Bradley said, “Thank you for this very kind donation.

“The painting is beautiful and brightened up the day room and our patients love it.”

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