The Boxer, by Andrew Newton, was submitted and exhibited as part of the first staff art exhibition. Andrea is Chief Cardiac Physiologist. She says, “I’ve always been quite fond of drawing in pencil, as I like the tone and shading that can be achieved.”
Natasza Lentner, Head of Resilience, shares some recently-made drawings and paintings.
I’ve always been pretty creative but working full time has meant I’ve not had much time to explore my arty side recently. As an A&E nurse I was pretty hands on looking after patients, attending to dressings, applying plaster of Paris, mixing up medications. I didn’t really miss spending time with my pens and pencils, maybe because nursing felt quite creative. Since being in an office job for the last few years I’ve really started to notice an longing to create something purely for pleasure. I’d lost confidence in my skills and wasn’t sure where to start so I signed up for an evening art course. Over the following 10 weeks I re-learnt basic skills, practised new techniques and tried to curb bad habits I’d picked up over the years. I surprised myself with the materials I liked working with and with the work I created.
Here is some of the work I produced during the 10 week course using different materials and techniques. Drawn using my non dominant hand.
These comic strips are by Muna Al-Jawad who is a Consultant in Elderly Medicine and Clincal Lead for Dementia Care.
I am a geriatrician. I use comics as a form of practitioner research- to think about my practice and get under the surface of the things I might otherwise take for granted. I also use comics with students and other healthcare staff. I believe that being a healthcare practitioner is difficult. We all want to do the right thing for our patients but this is not possible unless we find ways to support staff to survive, flourish and be creative. If you are interested in the intersection between comics and medicine go to www.graphicmedicine.org
These drawings and doodles are by Jo Jenner, who works as a healthcare assistant in the Lawson Unit.Â
I have been drawing all my life, I draw and paint most days and if I am not drawing then I find myself thinking about drawing. Some of my influences include: William Hogarth, David Hockney, David Shrigley and Modern Toss!
The feeling I get from drawing is that of ultimate relaxation, concentration and contentedness. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to draw, another form of communication and if I can inspire others then thatâ€™s all the better.
Without drawing, and doodling at work I know I would not be the same person.