One of our Day Hospice patients is having her dream realised after learning that a painting she recently created through our popular Art Therapy course is being auctioned off, with all proceeds coming to St Luke’s.
As a child, Jo Hatton from Crewe was repeatedly told by teachers that she shouldn’t bother with anything artistic: ‘I was always told that painting ‘wasn’t for me’ so although I’ve been fascinated with art all my life, this is the first time I’ve picked up a paintbrush. I can honestly say it’s given me a new lease of life’
Jo had a stroke 11 years ago aged just 43, which resulted in left side weakness and cognitive impairment. She has a long-term lung condition called Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease which severely limits daily activities.
Under the watchful eye of Northwich-based artist and course facilitator Kate Munro, the Mother-of-four has made great progress: ‘Jo is such an energised, positive character and that comes through in her painting. I’m so chuffed for her that her masterpiece has been selected for the Auction!’
Jo’s husband of 32 years, Ian, has also been taken aback by her artistic endeavours: ‘The wonderful people of St Luke’s have found a very hidden talent and I’m really proud of the work she has produced. Bearing in mind before the stroke Jo was left-handed, so this piece has basically been done using her ‘wrong hand’’
It has taken dog-loving Jo 5 hours over 3 sessions to complete her watercolour, which she has called ‘Flowers from the Garden’. Measuring 10 x 14 inches, it is simply signed ‘Jo’.
The painting is the 20th LOT in our Summer Auction and every pound from the auction of Jo’s artwork will help to support more patients here at the Hospice.
The auction is live and closes this Monday at 9pm. To place a bid please click here.