Leicestershire artist paints 20 portraits of NHS ‘heroes’ as tribute

Lisa Timmerman

An artist from Leicestershire is paying tribute to the tireless work of NHS staff by creating 20 unique paintings of the ‘heroes’.

Lisa Timmerman, from Market Harborough, was inspired by the portrait artist Tom Croft, who wanted to celebrate the efforts of NHS workers during the Covid crisis. He started the #portraitsfornhsheroes initiative on Instagram.

Lisa Timmerman

The 56-year-old, who normally paints images of nature, said Tom’s portraits encouraged her to paint pictures of staff working during the pandemic.

She has chosen to paint 20 portraits of NHS workers, to reflect the year of the pandemic, and will be donating the paintings to the individuals featured in each artwork.

Lisa Timmerman
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The portraits include a poignant picture of Sylvia Goddard, an intensive care nurse who was left with red marks on her face after wearing a tight mask during her shift.

Lisa Timmerman

Lisa said: “It’s emotional but I’m enjoying it. I try to capture their experience of Covid or they might want a happy picture.”

Lisa has also painted a picture of Chris Brightling, a professor of respiratory medicine at Leicester Hospitals, who is working on a research trial for Covid-19 treatment.

Lisa Timmerman

Lisa has also completed a painting of first-time mum to be Abbie, a neonatal nurse at Leicester Royal Infirmary.

Abbie said: “Covid-19 represents a time where I had to battle with my internal mother instincts to keep my own child safe whilst having my moral compass guiding me to care for other mummy and daddy’s babies.”

Lisa Timmerman

Lisa said she is currently in the process of painting her seventh portrait and hopes to complete all 20 very soon.

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