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I have been doing it for nearly two years or more but prior to this I had a few ideas of painting and drawing. I do it to pass the time and for pleasure. I never really put much thought into it until three years ago when I was submitted to stay at Crisis House. I started to paint to pass the time during my three week stay there.
After I was discharged from Crisis House I started to pick up drawing seriously. I started to explore several drawing techniques, you name it. By painting it lets me express my mood and feelings into my paintings. It gives me a great escape from reality.
When I was staying at Crisis House in Highbury Corner Islington, MP Jeremy Corbin paid me a visit regarding my artwork. He had heard about my work and liked it. We chatted for an hour about it and he gave me some advice on art.
'Tree of Life - Rainbow Tree’ which I have painted in several designs. It gets so many positive responses from people. One of my canvases raised a good amount of money at a fundraising event in 2019. Many friends of mine have requested this painting and I am proud that people own it.
I do it as part of my mindfulness exercise routine which enables me to be more focused in life. It lifts my mood when I paint with colours and I feel happier.
I am so excited and always looking forward to the weekly ‘arts class’. It has become part of my weekly structure and routine. It serves a purpose in my everyday life. I don’t feel isolated as I can talk and chat with people. What I enjoy most is how my paintings have inspired many of my fellow colleagues. It has lifted my confidence in painting and makes me feel proud that many cards have sold and that my art is appreciated.
I was record holder in the 100 and 200 metres in primary school
You don't need to be Picasso to be a great artist, the end product doesn't have to be a masterpiece. Be creative, be free to express your feelings in drawings. Just enjoy it, whatever you've created is unique to yourself.
I like walking and cooking. All kinds of music, it depends on my mood.
Judy Garland - Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive