Terry rediscovers his love of art at Clifford House

Terry with his daughter Sheryl and his painting of the Clifford House gardens.

Terry with his daughter Sheryl and his painting of the Clifford House gardens.

Clifford House client Terry Batty shared his story of rekindling a lifelong love of art after attending our Art Club.

Terry first came to Clifford House when we first opened in September 2017. He was supporting his wife Kathleen who had cancer, and they both attended our Art Club classes together. Later in the year Kathleen went into the care of St Luke’s, and following her death Terry decided that he wanted to continue attending our classes at Clifford House.

Now when he comes to Clifford House he’s accompanied by his daughter Sheryl, and sometimes even his ten-year old granddaughter Emily comes along too.

“I have painted on and off since childhood, but found it difficult to devote much time to it until my retirement,” Terry explained.

But now, thanks to his Landscape and Mixed Media sessions at Clifford House, he has even had a painting exhibited at Sheffield’s Millennium Galleries as part of the Great Sheffield Art Show.

Terry’s painting of blue daffodils (meconopsis) exhibited at the Great Sheffield Art Show this year.

Terry’s painting of blue daffodils (meconopsis) exhibited at the Great Sheffield Art Show this year.

“I really look forward to coming to these classes. I need Clifford House.” Terry said.

“It’s given me a chance to learn new things – in Sophie’s Mixed Media classes I’ve recently started painting in watercolours which I’ve never learned before.”

Find out more about our creative activities

We have a range of creative activities, including art classes, crafts and creative writing, available for anybody who is affected by an illness with no cure. Read our What’s On for a full timetable or book online at our Eventbrite page.