A FRENZY of painting, inspired by this year's bushfires and pandemic, has brought colour to the lives of those seeking therapy.
Seventeen works depicting land and sea are adorning the walls of the waiting room and corridor of a converted Albury home that hosts those with autism or emotional and behavioural issues.
They are the product of Wodonga artist Liz Marmo who was encouraged by counsellor and expressive therapist Sacha Markham and autism consultant Melanie Martinelli to display her work at their rooms.
Over March-April, as COVID-19 was emerging and the bushfires were still fresh in her memory, Ms Marmo went on a painting binge.
"For me and my mental health I've found I've felt much better in myself if I'm producing art," she said.
"Mentally it just focuses me and I found I could come away from the everyday problems that the world was in.
"Having three grandchildren in the house too we could all have a play with art."
A TAFE fine arts diploma graduate, Ms Marmo has been painting for years.
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However, she is best known on the Border for having campaigned for abortion reform and taking on pro-life campaigners in protests outside a former fertility clinic.
Coincidentally that building in Englehardt Street is only 100 metres west of the place now showcasing her paintings.
"I think there's something in that, because I'm a spiritual person, not a religious person and I'm wondering if the high priestess is saying 'this is full circle'," Ms Marmo said.
"I think it's quite bizarre I'm in Englehardt Street."
For Ms Markham and Ms Martinelli it made sense to cover their bare walls.
"It gives people the opportunity to resonate with different colours and forms that's she put in her pictures," Ms Markham said.
"It helps build relationships.
"There was a young person and their mum this morning playing 'I spy' with all the things on the walls."
Ms Martinelli said the artworks, which feature lakes and trees, had a soothing effect on clients.
"It makes them feel comfortable immediately, it makes them feel at ease," Ms Martinelli said.
"It gives them a focal point, the colours are calming, and a discussion point where they say 'what's your favourite painting?' or 'what does it make you feel like?'."
Ms Marmo added: "The people that come through this building don't want to see darkness all the time, they want to see colours."
She is hoping to conduct art workshops with women who have suffered trauma and has approached Wodonga Council for help.