At the height of the Covid-19 Pandemic there was a shout out to artists from Tom Croft to encourage fellow artists to offer their skills for free and create a portrait of an NHS hero as a thank you for their fantastic work. I put the announcement onto my social media and the husband of a doctor at the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary responded. His wife, Dr Anneka Biswas is a respiratory specialist and had been having a tough time treating patients with coronavirus and thought that this would be a great surprise.
I was delighted to take up the challenge. Because I work in paper I created the portrait from a mix of magazines, tissue, wrapping paper and cellophane.
I decided to make the background from newspaper cuttings so that the portrait was as much an historical document as a portrait of an NHS hero. Anneka was delighted. She said she'd been meaning to keep a scrapbook of the progression of the pandemic but had been too busy. Now she has a piece of art for her home in Halifax and an impression of the news coverage to show her baby daughter when it's all over.