Of sunshine and camels: Mural evokes happy memories of Syria in Karrinyup

Artist  Isabel  Van  Kampen  with  her  daughter  Sophia  in  front  of  the  mural  at  the  Deanmore Duke Reserve. Picture: Andrew Ritchie         www.communitypix.com.au   d444786
Artist Isabel Van Kampen with her daughter Sophia in front of the mural at the Deanmore Duke Reserve. Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au d444786

KARRINYUP resident Susan Ensor lived in the Middle East and spent time in Syria. Now back in Perth, she has made a tribute to the country in the form of a mural.

Ms Ensor said she has had a “love affair” with the Middle East since the early 1990s and moved to Kuwait in 2004 with her husband.

“I returned to Perth in 2011 after the death of my husband and I have always wanted to paint a mural on the park wall,” Ms Ensor said.

“A friend introduced me to artist Isabel Van Kampen who moved to Perth from Brazil in 2007.”

The design of the mural is based on traditional Syrian embroidery designs and Ms Ensor said it reminds her of a time when the country was more peaceful.

“I call it ‘happy Syria’ and it is a reminder of a beautiful country which I enjoyed.”

Ms Ensor said the mural, which backs on to Deanmore Duke Reserve, has been a hit with the local community.

“The wall has caused nothing but positive feedback and all the locals have been anxious to see the final result. Kids can’t help but smile when they see it on their walk home from school.

“The colour and joy that the mural has brought to them all is evident by all the positive feedback. It has made a lot of people smile.”