Lorraine Douglas like many other people during lockdown, found their passion, their creativity and a way to express and keep themselves busy during the pandemic. Having long term health conditions herself, for Lorraine art became a way to help her cope, but more importantly, giving those who work in the health services a piece of hope. Along with her garden galleries, she has also helped out local charities by donating the proceeds of her sales.
We met up with Lorraine Douglas at her home in Allseley, on a nice sunny but windy day, to talk about how she found herself getting back into painting during the first lockdown, feeling the need to help out health workers and charities, plus the reactions and comments she has received over her paintings and how it’s made everyone feel.
The first clip Lorraine talks about using her large artworks to raise money and awareness of Zoe’s Place Hospice, which is, for the first time is struggling to keep its doors open to families in need.
In this next clip Lorraine talks about the different styles of painting and how she works and experimenting by mixing different styles to create her artwork.
In the final clip, Lorraine talks about how people, whether passing by or visiting her open garden gallery have responded and how through her sales how much she has raised for the local charities.
It can take me quite a long time, because I can only do it for so long, but I keep at it.
With her own health issues, Lorraine has used her art as a way to cope with sleepless nights. Her pain and issues with gripping means it can take a month to complete each piece, but I’m sure you will agree that the results are well worth it. The artist has been displaying her work in her front garden in Allseley, and has been painting both well known faces, and those of frontline heroes.
If you would like to donate money to Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice, please contact them directly.
Watch the full interview with Lorraine Douglas on our YouTube Channel.
Paintings by Lorraine Douglas
Photographed & Edited by Emily Tyler
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