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Lockdown inspires Long Melford artist's abstract designs to raise money for medical workers in battle against coronavirus




An aspiring artist from Long Melford has created a series of abstract designs to help raise vital funds for medical workers tackling the coronavirus outbreak.

George Coll, who is a university art student, was instructed to return home in March as the country prepared to go into lockdown.

While working from her High Street home, the 21-year-old has been selling art prints of her abstract paintings, with all proceeds from the sales being donated to NHS Charities Together.

Art student George Coll is selling art prints of her work online to raise money for the NHS Charities Together to help support front-line medical workers during the pandemic.....PICTURE: Mecha Morton .... (35300146)
Art student George Coll is selling art prints of her work online to raise money for the NHS Charities Together to help support front-line medical workers during the pandemic.....PICTURE: Mecha Morton .... (35300146)

Keen to support the efforts of medical workers and volunteers helping to combat Covid-19, Miss Coll has drawn inspiration from the unprecedented situation to produce a unique range of artistic designs.

“It’s my way of saying thank-you and it’s something I enjoy,” she said, adding that customers could also feel a sense of pride by purchasing an item to help a worthy cause.

“They’re supporting a small business and getting a piece of artwork, while supporting the NHS,” said Miss Coll, who hopes to raise a minimum of £250.

Having converted her garage into a temporary art studio, the space has enabled Miss Coll to continue working on her university projects.

While her artwork would usually be showcased in an exhibition, she has had to photograph her paintings before uploading them online for tutors to mark.

Miss Coll had not planned on studying a course in fine art painting until a tutor recognised her talents and offered her a place at the University of Brighton.

“I have always painted as a hobby,” said Miss Coll, who is delighted to have accepted the opportunity. “I wouldn’t dream of doing anything else.

“I have flourished in the environment by having like-minded people around me.”

Currently in her second year at university, Miss Coll has developed her own techniques, which often feature spray paint with a range of acrylic mediums.

“I usually paint the same recurring squiggles and circular movements,” she said.

While painting provides a creative outlet for Miss Coll to experiment and create bold compositions, the art form has enabled her to express her feelings on canvas.

As a child, she sought comfort from painting and drawing to manage challenging situations.

“I used art to calm down and, if I couldn’t process something when I was younger, I would paint,” said Miss Coll. “I still do that now to a certain extent.”

Humbled by the level of support she has received from family and friends since launching the initiative, Miss Coll added: “They’re really chuffed – they thought it was a great idea.”

To purchase her work, go to www.etsy.com/shop/georgecollart.


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