A doctor who spent most of her life caring for children is now reaching out to them in a different way.
Big blue roses trail down the side of a jug, a cluster of grapes sits pretty on a plate, and across the room, a fish leaps into the air. These are among the porcelain pieces painted by Puan Sri Datin Dr Rebecca George in the last 15 years. “I’ve liked painting ever since I was a little girl,” the youthful-looking 80-year-old says, sharing that she has tried her hand at many artistic pursuits, including Chinese ink painting, oil painting and painting on fabric that were then made into dresses.
I didn’t need any convincing of her love for art – her house looks like an art space, with a painting of white lotus blooms and green leaves set against a red wall, Egyptian figures marching down another, wooden sculptures in many a corner, and family photographs of three generations placed on a wall above a fish aquarium. Dr George describes porcelain painting as "practical and useful", as the porcelain pieces can be used. Little did she imagine that, 15 years after she began, she would use these porcelain works to help children with cancer.
“I started painting on porcelain as a hobby when I was still working at Universiti Malaya,” says the woman who has dedicated most of her life to working with children, as she knew very early on in her medical career that her passion was in paediatrics. “I find it very relaxing and it gives me peace of mind. You completely forget yourself when you are painting.”