Hannah Ostapjuk Portrait Artist UK & the Portraits for NHS Heroes Project
It was important to me as a Yorkshire Artist that I represented this beautiful region and painted a portrait of a NHS Hero who worked or lived in Yorkshire.
Portrait Artist Hannah Ostapjuk: Oil Painting – NHS Hero Blubell
New portrait painting ‘Bluebell’, oil on canvas, 2020
Portrait created as part of the ‘Portraits for NHS Heroes’ project – an initiative started by Artist Tom Croft
I’m ever so lucky to have found Bluebell. Such a warmth about her smile, a glow all about her and a brilliant light that seems to shine from within. Strength and beauty, that is what I aimed to portray as that to me not only represents Yorkshire but also the power and wonder of doctors, nurses and key workers all over the world who have been absolute forces of nature throughout this crisis.
“My name is Bluebell Du-Valle. I work as a nurse at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals for Neuro Critical Care. I am currently supporting General Intensive Care using my skills to care for our brothers and sisters who have contracted the COVID19 virus.
My job consists of many different skills but the main and most important trait that I take pride in expressing is compassion.
I worked in emergency medicine as well as A&E prior to my role in intensive care naturally exposing me to many sad days, but also many positive too. I have also experienced deep loss in my personal life and failings of my own health teaching me more than any privileged observation could; the frailty and preciousness of life.
These trying times have further broadened my shoulders, tested my perseverance and self-belief.
My job can be very stressful but seeing people recover, seeing smiles returned, families reunited and lives touched is a fresh reminder of why I am a nurse.
For every patient suffering in their hospital bed I make the most of my own life. I go a little further. I enjoy the simple things with gratitude, feel blessed for what I have. If ever I grow weary and doubt that I cannot go on, I feel Gods encouragement and promise that we will weather the storm.”
Bluebell, it has been my honour to paint your portrait.
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