Art helps Jess in her re­cov­ery

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - NEWS - BY WENDY STEPHENS

BEECH­WORTH’S Jess We­ston taught her­self to paint to as­sist with her re­cov­ery from a se­ri­ous brain in­jury.

Now the re­sult of that is an amaz­ing ex­hi­bi­tion of works by the former physics teacher at Beech­worth Christ Church.

“I suf­fered three dif­fer­ent strokes and nearly died, but paint­ing has helped me to con­trol pain and anx­i­ety and en­joy life again,” she said.

Ms We­ston said the se­ries of works con­tains a theme of an­i­mals in un­usual sit­u­a­tions and was de­signed to ex­plore the idea that art can also be a source of fun as well as a tech­ni­cal dis­ci­pline.

“There are 15 full size ‘quirky’ acrylic paint­ings on dis­play and one of my favourites is ‘Find­ing Nemo’a po­lar bear on an ice­berg with a gold­fish in a lunch­box,” she said.

Par­ish Priest Fa­ther Thomas Les­lie said it was a plea­sure be­ing able to dis­play Ms We­ston’s paint­ings at the church.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is cur­rently run­ning and open ev­ery day at Christ Church, Beech­worth.

NEW LOVE: Artist Jess We­ston and her son Will with some of her paint­ings in the back­ground.

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