Artist Karen Wride and Dr João Manuel Bacalhau, marketing director of HPA Saúde Group, at the unveiling of her painting at the HPA Alvor hospital on August 6

Local artist donates painting “celebrating Algarve’s colourful life” to HPA Alvor

Local artist Karen Wride has donated one her paintings which “celebrates the colourful life of the Algarve” to the HPA private hospital in Alvor.

The painting was officially unveiled on Thursday, August 6 at the hospital’s ground floor waiting room in building B.

Her motivation for painting the scene, which showcases the Algarve’s beautiful coastal sceneries, traditional towns and orange orchards, was to provide patients with some much-needed distraction while waiting to see a doctor.

“The scene details much of the vibrant life we all enjoy here and offers the viewer a few moments of escape,” says Wride.

“When I painted the scene, I posted a photo on social media and was sent many messages asking when the painting would be available to see – even if it meant getting sick to view it,” she adds.

Karen Wride was born in South Wales, UK but lives in the Algarve. She describes her work as “varied and eclectic”, and when she isn’t painting, she is teaching others how to.

“Nothing gives me more of a rush when one of my students starts selling their own work,” she says.

michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com

Artist Karen Wride and Dr João Manuel Bacalhau, marketing director of HPA Saúde Group, at the unveiling of her painting at the HPA Alvor hospital on August 6