Lewis has been painting with others virtually, as part of our National Creative Project.
85-year-old Lewis is part of Painting for Beginners and Improvers and has always had an interest in art and craft. When he was young, he wanted to become an art teacher.
Lewis served in the Welsh Guards for 34 years. He was later diagnosed with wet macular degeneration and only has about 30% vision in his right eye. We have supported him since 2017 and he says that Blind Veterans UK has given him 'a new life'. He has visited our Llandudno centre many times and met other veterans, while being part of the choir and getting involved with other activities.
“I submitted a painting for the charity’s exhibition fundraiser last year and it sold for £62! It was after this that I heard about the National Creative Project, so I decided to get involved.”Lewis, blind veteran
Creating wonderful works of art.
Lewis has created lots of paintings using pastels and watercolours, and ink and pencil drawings.
As part of the project, Lewis will receive four pictures of a theme - one of the themes was landscapes. We will send four pictures of various landscapes with the equipment needed to recreate them. Our veterans have the option to either copy the landscapes or use them as inspiration to create their own.
“I am going to join my first call next week. It’ll be nice to be able to speak to others who are doing the painting project. Painting has been great for me during lockdown. I live on my own and I don’t like going out walking too much because of the virus. This has given me something to focus on”.Lewis, blind veteran