Painter’s visit to hospital is an inspiration
Woman wins award for artistic effort
A WOMAN who captured her husband’s stay at Harefield Hospital on canvas has won an award for her artistic efforts.
Rachel Ward, 51, won the Judge’s Choice Award for her painting entitled ‘The Visit’, which depicted her husband Andrew’s stay in hospital following his heart transplant.
It is being displayed at the hospital’s canteen, The Hungry Hare, until Saturday, January 30.
Mrs Ward, who has been painting for a hobby for two years, said: “It’s a picture of Andrew and my son in the first room he was in when he was admitted.
“I was trying to paint a picture to reflect that we were still the same people even though our circumstances were changing quite dramatically.
“It was the first time I’d taken the kids to visit him since he’d been admitted so it was just a nice, happy, family visit. We were watching the tennis on the television and just being ourselves. I was trying to reflect that really.”
She added she had found solace in painting and used it to deal with the stress of her husband being ill.
She said: “My husband has been living in Harefield since July and he had his heart transplant in November. He’s still in intensive care, he’s quite poorly.”
The Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust has run an art programme for 14 years and selected four winners from its current crop of submissions in December.
Mrs Ward entered ‘just for fun’ after seeing a flyer on the wall during one of her visits to her husband, who is a developmental biology professor at the University of Bath.
She said: “I had the painting in my husband’s room for a while for him to enjoy and I thought I’d try putting it into the competition because it was relevant to the hospital.
“I was really pleased when I found out I’d won the award. Because my husband was so poorly the news got a bit lost, but thinking about it now I’m really pleased.
“It’s the first time I’ve ever entered a painting into a competition or an exhibition.”