Consultant who took up painting in lockdown selling artwork to raise money for Ukraine - The Irish News

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Dr Jennifer Elder's painting of the new Inpatient Ward Block at the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald

A RESPIRATORY consultant who took up oil painting during the first lockdown is selling several pieces to raise money for Ukraine.

Dr Jennifer Elder's painting of the new Inpatient Ward Block at the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald

A RESPIRATORY consultant who took up oil painting during the first lockdown is selling several pieces to raise money for Ukraine.

Dr Jennifer Elder, a consultant at the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, started to paint in an attempt to relax after intense shifts on Covid wards.

She has donated several paintings to raise money for Medical Aid Ukraine (MAU) which raises funds in order to send essential medical supplies to the war-torn country.

MAU, which is supported by several staff at the hospital, has raised almost £100,000 so far. Equipment and ambulances donated to the charity are now being used in Ukrainian hospitals.

Dr Elder, who was born in Scotland but has lived in Co Down for the last 19 years, said she uses the coast and mountains of Northern Ireland and western Scotland as inspiration for her art.

She enjoys exploring beauty spots including Strangford Lough and Murlough in Co Down and Tobermory on the Isle of Mull with her six-year-old son.

Dr Elder is also following in the footsteps of her late grandfather, who was an artist and art teacher.

"I am a respiratory doctor first and foremost but one who now 'breathes art'," she said.

"There are many things that make us feel alive and for me, painting is one of them.

"I started to paint during lockdown as a way of escaping, after long days working in a Covid-19 high dependency ward. All of us experience hundreds of different lights and moods in a day which I hope I have captured in my paintings. It is one of the reasons why I started to paint."

The acting chairman of the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, Jonathan Patton, commissioned a painting of the new Inpatient Ward Block at the Ulster Hospital from Dr Elder.

"I was so impressed, yet in many ways not surprised at how our staff responded so quickly and so generously to the Ukrainian appeal for help," he said.

"I believed it was important to mark our staff’s generosity of spirit.

"When I saw Dr Elder’s paintings and realised she was donating 100 per cent of the funds from her paintings to the Ukraine crisis, I asked her to commission a painting for the Office of the Chairman within Trust Headquarters.

"Jennifer’s painting of the Ulster Hospital site is a fabulous creation and celebrates not just our staff donations to Ukraine, but recognises our development and commitment to our patients and staff within the trust. I am delighted to accept her painting and it now hangs proudly in the office."

To see Dr Elder's collection of artwork and for more information visit www.etsy.com/uk/shop/BREATHEartJE.

Consultant who took up painting in lockdown selling artwork to raise money for Ukraine - The Irish News
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