Knaresborough artist presents lockdown portraits to key workers


Last updated Mar 7, 2022
Key workers (left to right) Victoria, Lesley, Deborah and Ian with their portraits. Photo Credit - Robert Harris

Knaresborough artist Shirley Vine presented her lockdown portraits to key workers on Saturday.

Ms Vine started the project to pay tribute to people on the frontline during the darkest periods of the pandemic.

Her 15 subjects included a fireman, a care worker, nurses, teachers, a police officer, refuse collector, dentist, signalman, and foodbank volunteers.

The acrylic paintings have been on display in the Chain Lane vaccination centre in Knaresborough but have now been presented free of charge to the subjects at a reception Ms Vine organised on Saturday at COGS (Centre On Gracious Street).

Ms Vine said:

“Lockdown was fine at first, as it was the time when I usually finish my watercolour classes for the year and spend time sorting the house and garden.

“That was OK for a few weeks, but I soon realised that something more was going to be needed for the future unknown time of covid.

“Tom Croft, a professional portraitist appeared on BBC TV to galvanise any artists to paint their NHS heroes. I took to this and painted 15 local frontline key workers”.

Read more:

Receiving the portraits brought back often difficult memories to the key workers who Ms Vine painted.

Deborah and Ian, from anti-food waste community group Resurrected Bites said,

“It has been a privilege and so good to be able to help when so many were desperate”.

Deborah and Ian with their portrait.

Gee, a care worker, said,

“As the residents couldn’t have visitors, we became their family, which was so important”.

Gee and her portrait.

Lesley, a dentist, said,

“Stunning Portraits. A poignant reminder of what we were doing and now feels like a lifetime ago”.

Lesley with her portrait.

Sam from Noah’s Ark Pre-school said:

“It was hard work but rewarding, cocooned within Noah’s Ark. Shirley has captured how children’s learning continued throughout and how parents valued the setting and all of the staff.”

Sam and her portrait.

Download the FREE Stray Ferret app here to access the latest news, competitions and offers.

Follow us on

The Stray Ferret Feed

In this morning's business briefing, new partners are confirmed at a Harrogate law firm and a hairdressing group completes a 100km walk

Load More...