We were delighted to receive this stunning signed original painting of wisteria and poppies from artist Jean Picton following a suggestion from her friend Janet Lees, who is also a supporter of The Donkey Sanctuary. Jean works using acrylics and acrylic inks and her bright colourful flowers have been enchanting people around the worldwide.
“I feel my work is more about painting than flowers. The subject matter is just a means to explore the skill of tonal values, composition and the drawn line. I have moved through various phases in my development from minimalist poppy images to more complex structured paintings, exploring a deeper resonance of colour. I visited India in 2011 which left a lasting impression on me. The intense colours I saw around me challenged my thinking as to how I could replicate the importance of the relationship of colours to each other thus creating movement on canvas. My latest works are the result of this thinking. I have taken the abstract form to a larger scale, intensified the colours by adding a resin finish, thus improving the movement within the work.”
About the artist
Jean was born in 1934, and at the age of 14 she joined a circus and began a theatrical career. By the 1950s, having toured most variety theatres in the UK, Jean became one of the famous Windmill Girls at the Windmill Theatre in the West End of London, working with such greats as Harry Secombe and Bruce Forsyth. In 1970 Jean spent time in the USA and was a regular on the Joey Adams TV show "Coast to Coast". In 1980 she was a regular on “Hi-de-Hi!” and "EastEnders" in the UK. In 1990 Jean started painting seriously and is now a renowned artist with her work being displayed is galleries with individual paintings selling upwards of £250.
There are many symbolic meanings associated with wisteria. One speaks of love lost, but also of the ability for the heart to endure in spite of rejection. In other words, the weeping wisteria expresses sorrow, but it is also an incredibly durable vine, able to live through mistreatment and harsh conditions.
Jean writes of her journey to India and how it left a lasting impression. We are also making an impression on the lives of donkeys working in harsh conditions in India where we provide vital veterinary care and community training to make life better for working donkeys and mules. A population of 69,000 donkeys and mules exists within reach of our Indian projects and we currently help over 32,000 each year with your support.
As sad as we will be to see this stunning painting leave after it has brightened our office, we are offering you an opportunity to own this beautiful painting (measuring 30" x 40") to brighten your own home.
If you would like a chance to own Jean Picton's original painting, all we ask is that you kindly make a donation - be in it to have a chance of winning!
Don't forget to tick the box to stay informed when making an online donation so that we can contact you if you are the lucky winner.
Alternatively, donate by texting DONK58 followed by the amount to 70070. It won't cost you anything and every penny goes to The Donkey Sanctuary.
If you prefer not to make a donation, but would like to be entered into the prize draw, please post your name and address to:
The Donkey Sanctuary (Jean Picton Draw)
We will be drawing the winner's name on 25 May 2015 (Spring Bank Holiday) at 2.30pm.
The winner of this wonderful painting is Rosslyn Hill "For the donkeys, every penny counts xx".
Thanks everyone for taking part and raising £1,361.40 (including gift aid) towards the care of over 3,500 donkeys and mules in our care.