Artist in Residence John Chapman
East Lancashire Hospice is fortunate enough to have the support of local artist John Chapman.
John was born in Blackburn and has been an artist for 54 years, a former technical illustrator, transformed his hobby into a full-time career after being made redundant. His attention to detail when painting transport, farming and coastal scenes has made him well known. John, who normally works in acrylics, also works in oils and watercolours and has captured the changing history of Lancashire and many areas around the country. Over the years John has raised over £31,000 for the hospice.
John has had many exhibitions over the years and produced two books of paintings, book covers, Wedgewood plates, jigsaws and Harrods products. It had been Gillian, John’s late wife who encouraged John to support East Lancashire Hospice and he has continued to do so for the past 20 years.
There are a total of 7 Christmas card designs and the 2023 calendar available. Some of the original paintings depicted on the hospice cards and calendars are given for auction each year at the Annual Ball. This year is no different, There is an original acrylic painting and 2 pastel original pieces of art work.
John said “it is thanks to the generous people who support the hospice that encourages me to continue. I still work hard, taking commissions and learning new techniques such as working with pastels. I particularly like doing the calendar because I have to think of new images and scenes that will appeal to the people of Blackburn, Darwen, Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley.”
John’s awareness that East Lancashire Hospice has to raise £4 million a year is why he donates so much of his time and talent and why we at East Lancashire Hospice are incredibly grateful.
To purchase John’s 2023 calendar or from his range of Christmas cards, visit Christmas Collection (eastlancshospice.org.uk)