Arcare communities across Australia showcased their talent, creativity, and individual flare in Arcare’s second annual Card Art competition.  Arcare card

Residents from across Arcare’s 45 aged care residences in New South Wales, Queensland, and Victoria, were encouraged to create original card designs to be included in Arcare’s greeting card range for 2021-2022.

Launched in September, Arcare set out to find card designs for six new greeting cards, including: All Occasion; Season’s Greetings; Birthday; Get Well; Mental Health; and Gratitude.

Close to 200 paintings, sketches, watercolours, original photos, and craft projects were submitted to this year’s competition by Arcare residents and art groups, and while the competition was incredibly tough due to the high calibre of submissions, the top designs were narrowed down for public voting.

After receiving over 400 votes, six winning artworks were selected in November and Paul Oon, Arcare Glenhaven won the All Occasion Card Category

Paul Oon can normally be found with a paintbrush in hand and a canvas in front of him.

He had picked up painting as a hobby when he retired, but it only became a passion for him when he moved into Arcare.

“Oils are my favourite medium; I paint portraits, landscapes (which are my favourite style), scenes from memory, photographs, abstracts, and anything else that inspires me.”

At 86 years old, Paul continues to fill his canvases with colours whenever he gets a sudden stroke of inspiration.

Paul was selected as a winner for our All-Occasion Card Category, with his winning artwork depicting a lighthouse overlooking the sea. “I am very honoured; I can’t believe I won!” Paul said.