I’m so excited to tell you about all of my up and coming ventures, I’ve been a very busy bee!
I’ll go back a little bit and tell you about how my latest project came about…
I was honoured when acclaimed singer/songwriter Rachael Warwick, who Nick Barraclough of BBC Radio 2 described as “[a] Pioneering Brit, paving the way for British artists in Country Music…” became a fan of my work! Rachael kept her talent a secret until we were chatting over email about painting and the music I was listening to in the studio. She kindly sent me a couple of her CDs to add to the studio repertoire, and they regularly feature in my playlist (especially when I’m painting animals from the farm!!)
Rachael continues to write songs, however she hung up her microphone a few years ago to build and run Brixworth Nursery Farm, a centre for adults with learning disabilities set in 17 acres of the Northamptonshire countryside.
The farm offers loads of different sessions from Animal Husbandry, to Arts & Crafts, I.T. and Literacy, as well off site activities and much much more!
Set in the extensive 10 acres of grounds there is a 1 acre animal husbandry unit (with a collection of animals that Old Macdonald would be proud of), a huge covered horticulture unit to grow plants and vegetables, and a 2.5 acre equestrian facility.
The grounds offer a fabulous space for people to exercise, get involved with sports, or simply de-stress and enjoy the fresh air. As well as all this there is also a purpose built 3500 square foot care facility, which houses a cinema room, a dance studio, multi purpose room, semi commercial kitchen, art room, music room, relaxation room, gym, beauty room and offices. Wow!
You can see what fun they have at the farm on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BrixworthNurseryFarm/
Rachael initially purchased some canvases to brighten up the walls and inspire people in the art room at the centre. I was intrigued as to what had drawn her to my work in particular…
“We love the quality of the art, the colours, and the unusual technique. The geometric shapes give the picture a new lease of life each time I see one. At the centre we strive to create an interesting, caring, creative environment bringing inspiration to all who visit. In our art room it is fantastic to see how our clients are inspired by different elements of the art. Someone will sit and draw a sheep, whilst another will draw a triangle, and someone else will sit and blow the paint with a straw.
I commissioned Sarah to paint some of our farm animals – she has captured their personalities perfectly. The love for Sarah’s art has grown within our client’s families too, one parent buying a piece for their home because of the joy it brought to their son. We were all thrilled when Sarah agreed to add our animal collection to her website as the Brixworth Nursery Farm Collection, and even more thrilled when she said she would donate 10% of sales from the collection to a charity of our choice.” Rachael Warwick
The first charity we have chosen to support is The Rockin Roadrunner (www.rockinroadrunner.com). The Rockin Roadrunner is a nightclub and series of events run with and for adults with a range of disabilities. Offering a brilliant night out, in a safe and friendly environment.
I will be working with Brixworth Nursery Farm to nominate a new charity every 6 months, this will be in addition to some work I am about to undertake working with Saving The Survivors, who treat animals that have been injured through poaching or traumatic accidents. I’m excited to get started on both projects and will blog more about them as soon as poss!
I will continue to immortalise the farm’s residents as new paintings. So far in the collection we have Zeus; The King of Goats, and Gloria the hen (Gloria’s her stage name, Lucy to everyone at the farm). I’ll introduce you to the rest of the gang as they arrive over the coming months.
I can’t go without introducing you to Rachael’s music, so I’ll leave you with this link to go check out her fab songs for yourself: https://vimeo.com/208111158