A talented Stoke-on-Trent artist has shown his support for the NHS and key workers during the coronavirus pandemic with an oil painting depicting the city.
Steve Howard, who lives in Cromer Road, Northword, produced the painting showing a cobbled street with kilns in the background and added the rainbow and NHS logo afterwards as part of the picture.
Steve, 55, a former plate designer at Wedgwood, who now works for Michelin, said he produced the original picture in the studio at the bottom of his garden.
He said: “I was in hospital in December last year with pneumonia and I didn’t get the chance to thank them properly. This is my appreciation to all NHS staff that helped with my recovery.
“When I initially did the painting, I did it without the rainbow and the NHS logo on it. It was my partner Susan who works in the kidney unit at the Royal Stoke, who suggested I added those.”
Steve, who paints for a hobby, says he has been astounded by the reaction to the artwork.
He said: “My partner took it into work and the response was amazing. I have printed it onto A3 paper and put it in our window to show our support the tremendous work NHS key workers and frontline staff are doing.
Although the picture – titled “We walk alone but stand together!” – isn’t based on an area of Stoke-on-Trent, Steve says the cobbled street is from an image he saw years ago – he added the kilns afterwards.
The picture is part of a set of six artworks that Steve is planning to do for a collection called Nostalgic Scenes. The first two are titled Cobbled Alley and Togetherness with the others to be created in the near future.
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