Doncaster artist hopes to donate artwork she created in honour of the NHS
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Chinwe Russell, aged 49, from Townmoor is a painter who used her skills to express her gratitude towards the NHS and the work they are doing during coronavirus.
She said: “I’m really proud of them, I see them as heroes.
“They are working hard whilst we stay at home and sit in front of the TV.”
Chinwe’s younger sister Dr Chioma Ibe Iwu is an NHS doctor currently working in North Hampshire - this week she has been emotional thinking about what her sibling is going through.
“She is on the front line and we can’t begin to understand what they’re going through or feeling,” she continued.
“Doctors have to be very mentally strong in their day to day roles but during something like this they become soldiers.
“They are protecting us and fighting for our safety.”
Chinwe decided to paint three pieces as part of a collection called NHS Rocks to show her gratitude to those working at the moment.
They are abstract and consist of a dark background with bright explosions of colour in the centre.
Chinwe said: “The paintings symbolise current times with darkness trying to overcome the light but it does not because there is hope.
“When I showed the paintings to my sister she cried and she shared them with her colleagues and said they were overcome to see someone recognising all that they do.”
She hopes that NHS workers will see the artwork and will feel the same appreciation.
Chinwe wants to donate the three pieces of art to a hospital in Doncaster so that they can hang it on a wall as a remembrance of this period of hardship.
Or they can be auctioned off to raise money for a relevant NHS charity.
You can watch Chinwe’s video of making the art here.
If you wish to contact Chinwe for more details her email is [email protected]