Portraits and Tales from

a Hospital Bed series

I started this series from my hospital bed in December 2020, during recovery from my ovarian cancer diagnosis nine months previously. One morning, immersed in the daily hive of activity around handover time, when everyone moves in a whirl that's faster than the flurry of work throughout the day, I decided to draw. I wanted to capture the atmosphere that I witnessed, both this week and back in April just after my diagnosis. Each artwork I hope to share has a different reflection, or story behind the portrait. As the day progressed, I was in awe watching the incredible teamwork, and the united 'help each other out' spirit. Patients lie there, waiting for results, anxious perhaps, waiting for procedures, investigations, in pain perhaps, and all around is this whirl of dedicated, self-sacrificial service. Like bees working together, every person does their bit, often in great time pressures and under great demand. The links fit together, so the chain works, and delivers for us, their patients. Porters.. scans...birth and name checks...ward bays...reports to ward nurses...emails...calls...junior doctors to consultants...consultants to patients...

And this is our NHS.

Please click on the button below to read the tales behind the portraits.

The bond of work friends (2020)
The bond of work friends (2020)

Watercolour, ink and soft pastel on paper

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She's simply a hero (2020)
She's simply a hero (2020)

Watercolour, ink pen and soft pastel on paper

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She brings her own lavender spray (2020)
She brings her own lavender spray (2020)

Watercolour, ink pen and soft pastel on paper

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She wears a love heart lanyard, spreading cheer wherever she goes (2020)
She wears a love heart lanyard, spreading cheer wherever she goes (2020)

Watercolour, ink pen and soft pastel on paper

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And how are you still smiling? (2021)
And how are you still smiling? (2021)

Watercolour, ink pen and soft pastel on paper

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A hand to hold (2021)
A hand to hold (2021)

Watercolour, ink pen and soft pastel on paper

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Porter with the smiling eyes
Porter with the smiling eyes

Watercolour, ink pen and soft pastel on paper

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Carrying a smile to carry you (2021)
Carrying a smile to carry you (2021)

Watercolour, ink pen and soft pastel on paper

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What a king; a true overcomer (2021)
What a king; a true overcomer (2021)

Watercolour, ink pen and soft pastel on paper

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She loves her job (2021)
She loves her job (2021)

Watercolour, ink pen and soft pastel on paper

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The Dietician who made me laugh (2021)
The Dietician who made me laugh (2021)

Watercolour, ink pen and soft pastel on paper

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A sterling porter (2021)
A sterling porter (2021)

Watercolour, ink pen and soft pastel on paper

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Hello, I'll be here to take care of you (2021)
Hello, I'll be here to take care of you (2021)

Watercolour, ink pen and soft pastel on paper

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'Lifting the spirits of patients'
'Lifting the spirits of patients'

Watercolour, ink pen and soft pastel on paper

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'Compassion in Action' (2021)
'Compassion in Action' (2021)

Watercolour, ink pen and soft pastel on paper

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I'll get it done, even if it takes me three days, I'll do it! (2021)
I'll get it done, even if it takes me three days, I'll do it! (2021)

Watercolour and ink pen on paper

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'The nurse with the Argentinian bow' (2021)
'The nurse with the Argentinian bow' (2021)

Watercolour, ink pen and soft pastel on paper

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'Jeamie (Not Jimmy)'
'Jeamie (Not Jimmy)'

Watercolour, ink pen and soft pastel on paper

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'A reassuring smile, a caring glance'
'A reassuring smile, a caring glance'

Watercolour, ink pen and soft pastel on paper

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'What a team' (3)
'What a team' (3)

Watercolour, ink pen and soft pastel on paper

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'Going home time'
'Going home time'

Watercolour, ink pen and soft pastel on paper

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'Night fall in hospital'
'Night fall in hospital'

Watercolour, ink pen and soft pastel on paper

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'The nurse who's always been there'
'The nurse who's always been there'

Watercolour, ink pen and soft pastel on paper

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'Clear scan for Christmas'
'Clear scan for Christmas'

Watercolour, ink pen and soft pastel on paper

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Paintings

'Then I breathed in' 2021
'Then I breathed in' 2021

Watercolour and soft pastel

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'Midnight Air' 2021
'Midnight Air' 2021

Watercolour on paper

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'To You, from Winter' 2021
'To You, from Winter' 2021

Oil on canvas

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Waterlilies close up (2) (2020)
Waterlilies close up (2) (2020)

Oil paint on canvas

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Woodland Solace (2020)
Woodland Solace (2020)

Watercolour and soft pastel on paper

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Apples in Autumn (2020)
Apples in Autumn (2020)

Watercolour and ink on paper

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English Summer Garden (2020)
English Summer Garden (2020)

Oil on canvas

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Be still (2020)
Be still (2020)

Watercolour on paper

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Just three brothers having breakfast (2020)
Just three brothers having breakfast (2020)

Watercolour on paper (Not for sale)

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'Is that lavender growing, Grandad?' (2020)
'Is that lavender growing, Grandad?' (2020)

Watercolour on paper (Not for sale))

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Yellow bib days (2020)
Yellow bib days (2020)

Watercolour on paper (Not for sale)

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After the rain (2020)
After the rain (2020)

Watercolour on paper (Not for sale)

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Waterlilies close up (1)
Waterlilies close up (1)

Oil on canvas

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1000 greens (2020)
1000 greens (2020)

Oil on canvas (Sold)

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Waterlilies (2020)
Waterlilies (2020)

Oil on canvas (Not for sale)

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Rose Blush (1)
Rose Blush (1)

Oil and graphite on paper

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Rose Blush (2)
Rose Blush (2)

Oil and graphite on paper

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Rose Blush (3)
Rose Blush (3)

Oil and graphite on paper

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The secret understanding of twins
The secret understanding of twins

Watercolour and ink on paper

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Spring
Spring

Watercolour and ink on paper

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Drawings​

I missed you so much (2021)
I missed you so much (2021)

Dip pen and ink on paper (sold)

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I missed you so much (close up) (2021)
I missed you so much (close up) (2021)

Dip pen and ink on paper (sold)

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Gone Fishing (2020)
Gone Fishing (2020)

Dip pen and ink on paper (sold)

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'One day at a time' (from a vintage Christmas)
'One day at a time' (from a vintage Christmas)

Dip ink pen on paper

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From 'A vintage Christmas' series
From 'A vintage Christmas' series

Dip ink pen on paper

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Vintage Christmas series
Vintage Christmas series

Dip ink pen on paper

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A pocketful of lambs (5) (2021)
A pocketful of lambs (5) (2021)

Dip pen and ink on paper (sold)

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A pocketful of lambs (3) (2021)
A pocketful of lambs (3) (2021)

Dip pen and ink on paper (sold)

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A pocketful of lambs (4) (2021)
A pocketful of lambs (4) (2021)

Dip pen and ink on paper (sold)

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A pocketful of lambs (2) (2021)
A pocketful of lambs (2) (2021)

Dip pen and ink on paper (sold)

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A pocketful of lambs (6) (2021)
A pocketful of lambs (6) (2021)

Dip pen and ink on paper (sold)

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A pocketful of lambs (8) (2021)
A pocketful of lambs (8) (2021)

Dip pen and ink on paper (sold)

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A pocketful of lambs (7) (2021)
A pocketful of lambs (7) (2021)

Dip pen and ink on paper (sold)

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A pocketful of lambs (10) (2021)
A pocketful of lambs (10) (2021)

Dip pen and ink on paper (sold)

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A pocketful of lambs (9) (2021)
A pocketful of lambs (9) (2021)

Dip pen and ink on paper (sold)

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I had to save her (2021)
I had to save her (2021)

Dip pen and ink on paper (sold)

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In the days I could dream (2020)
In the days I could dream (2020)

Ink pen on paper

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Dachshund puppies
Dachshund puppies

Dip ink pen on paper

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'You do 'you' best'
'You do 'you' best'

Dip ink pen on paper

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'You do 'you' best'
'You do 'you' best'

Dip ink pen on paper

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