I am pleased to support the work of a local artist, Janette Donoghue, who recently contacted me to make me aware of her artwork. Throughout the pandemic, Janette has been doing what many across Scotland have been, and has taken to creating art to occupy her time during lockdown. She has captured some of the moments that define this time, and you will see below one of her fantastic pieces of Nicola Sturgeon giving the daily briefing.
Janette had this to say about her work:
'My name is Janette Donoghue. I'm a primary teacher. I taught in Midlothian, Plockton in Wester Ross where I lived for 4 years and now back in Edinburgh.
As a teacher I have always tried to inspire young people to develop their own creativity. I believe we should not be constrained by what we think are our limitations. I also believe the people of Scotland are very resilient and will often strive to create positivity from a difficult situation, as is with our current Covid-19 crisis.
Many people throughout Scotland have joined together to clap for the NHS workers, developed inclusive community work, created painted stone snakes, developed a variety of skills in craft; making facemasks, soft toys, home furnishings, communicated through online media for example Zoom. Some musicians/choirs continued to create songs via internet producing full songs/concerts. Created stories of lockdown through pictures and movies. We have learned to work from home.
During lockdown I decided it would be a great opportunity to teach myself to paint and draw. I spent most of the week preparing home learning for the young people I had been teaching then gave myself a target of at least one painting a week.
The first paintings were terrible. Over time I learned to be a bit more creative with the colours from the numerous mistakes made. My skills have improved enormously in a few months. I attempted to paint pictures that were a real challenge but each small step led to a better outcome.
In this exhibition consisting of a handful of contributors I hope to show examples of our resilience and creativity from some of the people of Scotland."
You can view the work of Janette and other creative Scots at the following website: