Portrait for NHS Hero's Gerallt Davies
- June 2020
So please meet Gerallt, an NHS hero who was a true hero, he gave his life to the dreaded COVID 19.
I must say I was very emotional while painting him and I actually found myself talking to him. I feel very proud to have painted this amazing man who will be remembered for years to come, by his family and friends and by the people who he worked along side for many years.
Hopefully this will be an happy reminder of a paramedic, a husband a Father and a friend.
I am very active on Instagram and I notice a Portrait Artist, Tom Croft was offering free portraits to NHS staff, his way of saying thank you, so I decided to get involved. I was paired with a man called Ed an ambulance driver who had recently lost one of his work colleagues and he was asking for a portrait of him.
I finally contacted Ed and he explained to me that the man I would be painting was an amazing gentleman called Gerallt Davies. He explained that he was the only paramedic in Wales to have died from coronavirus and that they would all love to honour him with a portrait.
I was absolutely blown away; I have kept myself away from harm staying home (as the government advised) and here was a man who had died while at work knowing what a danger, he was putting himself in.
I thought I needed a bit more information on him to get a better idea of his character and so I Googled his name, and my goodness Ed wasn’t lying, he was a true ledged he had an MBE for his services to the NHS. I found out he is the same age as me, he left two sons and a wife, he was obviously a really loved respected man.
I feel really honoured to be painting this amazing gentleman who I am sure if I would have met I would have like to have called him a friend.