Widow of Scots painter donates art to Dundee hospital to comfort cancer patients

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

Martin Livingstone Smith – known by the “brush name” of Mick Livingstone – was previously diagnosed with the rare form of the disease known as myelodysplastic syndrome.

It later developed into acute myeloid leukaemia, for which he received treatment at Dundee’s Ninewells Hospital in ward 34.

Mick hailed 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.

Mick Livingstone’s painting of Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve has been hung in Ninewells Hospital

His widow Marianne has now donated one of his paintings to the ward as thanks 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 haematology day room on ward 34 at Ninewells Hospital.

“He hated sitting still and the patience required to undergo the lengthy but necessary procedure.

“He was a trained art therapist and wholly believed that art was necessary to the human psyche and knew it could lift people’s spirits, distract, and cheer them up.

“For this reason, he was determined to donate a piece of his art to the haematology day ward.”

The painting chosen, In the Still of the Light, depicts the road into Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve – one of his favourite places to paint.

Mick was famed for his paintings of local trees, particularly those at Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve on the coast of north east Fife.

Many of his works had been exhibited and sold by Ron Lawson’s gallery in Dundee’s west end.

The gallery said he would be “sorely missed”.

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

“He believed that the lit road illustrated hope and optimism, perhaps even allowing the viewer to imagine a brighter future round the corner.

“He hoped the local image of the road into Tentsmuir Nature Reserve would be familiar to people and that the donation would also be an appropriate thank you to the wonderful care he had received in 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 has brightened up the day room and our patients love it.”

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