Mouth painter hopes for inspiring exhibition for Crawley hospice

jpco 19-11-14 Jacky Archer local mouth and foot artist (Pic by Jon Rigby) PPP-141117-170737003
jpco 19-11-14 Jacky Archer local mouth and foot artist (Pic by Jon Rigby) PPP-141117-170737003

A mouth artist from Crawley Down is holding an art exhibition to raise money for St Catherine’s Hospice.

Jacky Archer, 61, took up painting in 2003 after losing the use of her limbs due to deterioration of multiple sclerosis (MS).

She has been a member of the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA) since 2008.

The exhibition is starting Saturday (September 5) at Kingscote Vineyard in East Grinstead.

One of the pieces there will be her ‘Solitary Solider in Flanders Fields’, which she painted last year for the First World War centenary commemorations.

Jacky said: “I am selling some of my paintings which have been assessed and returned by the MFPA.

“I am very proud of my achievements and am grateful to have the opportunity to share my work locally and raise money for a local charity which is close to my heart having had my husband pass away from cancer and also close friends who were cared for by the hospice.

“Over the passed few years I have tried to support them with small donations when possible. I am very passionate about painting and find it gives me a sense of freedom and ability that I felt I had lost when I was unable to do anything anymore.

“This was how the disability made me feel, but painting gives me a focus and a sense of achievement.

“I feel that if it is possible for me to have such a severe disability and find a way forward, it is possible for others to do the same.”

Jacky was inspired to take up painting from reading an article about another mouth artist.

She added: “After spending some hours watching him paint and chatting I was fascinated by what he could do and his amazing strength of positivity.

“This is what I hope to give to others in my position.”

The exhibition will run until September 30 be open 10am to 5pm Tuesdays and Thursday and people can call Jacky for further viewings outside these times on 01342 716264.

Formed in 1957, the MFPA partnership is part of an international self-help association of artists (AMFPA) who paint without the use of their hands.

There are currently 33 British artists and almost 800 artists from over 80 countries worldwide in its membership.

Any potential candidates wishing to join can be amateur or professional ability, but must be unable to use their hands when they paint because of their impairments or medical conditions.

For more information about the MFPA go to www.mfpa.uk, call 020 7229 4491 or email admin@mfpa.co.uk.

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