The aspiring artist, who asked to remain anonymous, began painting a couple of years ago to help with mental health problems.
He said: “I found it really helped. As I’m sure a lot of people have found over the last year, the thing about art is that it’s personal to you. So
it’s a really good way of expressing how you feel and concentrating the mind on something.”
He added: “I would recommend not spending too much at first, as looking at art equipment is like being a kid in a sweet shop. And persevere: there are some fantastic online tutorials.”
His support worker Hannah Hazelton said: “Despite this past year being very different, it has been an absolute pleasure to work alongside our incredible residents here at Tayfen House. People that have had difficult struggles for years; past, present and ongoing. People that are fighting addiction with support services reverting to online, and most appointments for outreach services being telephone-based. This can all feel alarming, distant and lonely.”
“The art that has been shared here is by a chap to whom this all relates. And though it has been challenging at times, he has found art gives him moments of peace and focus in the quiet days. As you can see, what he puts on paper is beautiful and meaningful, and we thank him for sharing. We hope others are inspired to become creative in their own way, to focus the mind and enjoy it!”
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