Harrogate artist’s ‘Rainbow of Hope’ painting honours home care staff

Harrogate artist Anita Bowerman has created a very special painting which honours staff at a home care company for their dedication during the Covid crisis.

Monday, 7th September 2020, 4:48 pm
Updated Monday, 7th September 2020, 4:52 pm
Anita Bowerman's special painting to honour Harrogate-based home care home staff business looking after people in their homes in North Yorkshire including Knaresborough and Ripon.

The picture, entitled The Rainbow of Hope, features the names of more than 135 carers and office staff from Continued Care, set within the colours of a rainbow that arches over the Yorkshire countryside.

Anita, who is well-known for her paintings, paper cuts and stainless steel artworks from her Dove Tree Art Gallery & Studio, was asked by Continued Care’s director Samantha Harrison to create a painting that would symbolise the hard work and dedication shown by her home care staff during such a difficult and worrying time.

Samantha said: “Anita and I have been friends for years. I was telling her how every single person in our team has worked tirelessly to look after and protect some of the most vulnerable people in our community.

"They have stood united and made an amazing contribution to help Continued Care navigate our way through the pandemic and protect our clients and colleagues.

“I mentioned to Anita that I wanted to pay a lasting tribute to them all and she offered to paint me a picture. She thought of the wonderful idea of putting all the names of our staff in a rainbow.

"Rainbows have always symbolised hope and light, and during lockdown became a really special symbol of unity and appreciation of our frontline workers.”

The painting shows the rainbow shining brightly over Harrogate, Knaresborough, Ripon, Thirsk and Settle, the areas covered by Continued Care’s services.

It will take pride of place in the family-run company’s head office in Harrogate, and cards have been made of the picture as well.

Anita, has previously been the official artist of the Tour de Yorkshire and an artist in residence at RHS Harlow Carr Gardens in Harrogate.

She recently created an art installation consisting of 191 stainless-steel boots on a tree at Castle Howard for Yorkshire Cancer Research.

She said: “It has been an absolute pleasure to be able to create this piece of artwork for Samantha and her incredible team at Continued Care who cared for so many Yorkshire people during the pandemic.

"I instantly had a vision of a special rainbow into which I would paint the names of all 135 carers using a tiny paintbrush in gouache which is a creamy watercolour.

"I also added doves, angels and stars too. The rainbow encompasses all the areas which Continued care support clients and I have included The Kilburn White Horse near Thirsk, Settle, Knaresborough, The cherry blossom on Harrogate’s Stray and Ripon with its cathedral.’

Anita Bowerman is based at The Dove Tree Art Gallery and Studio in central Harrogate www.anitabowerman.co.uk

Continued Care is based in Harrogate with satellite offices in Ripon and Settle.

It offers a range of home care services, from help with cleaning, shopping, medication and personal care right through to 24 hour care.

The company, which is rated Outstanding by the CQC, was last year named the Best Home Care Employer at regional finals of the Great British Care Awards.

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