Tedworth House resident, Cpl Paul Kennedy, was lucky enough to study drawing and painting at the Glasgow School of Art for 2 years, before signing up to the Army. Having currently served 17 years, 11 of which were with the Royal Signals and now currently a Community Mental Health Nurse with the QARANC, Paul relished the challenge to enter this year’s Army Arts Society Competition.
“I hadn’t painted for over 17 years” says Paul, “life got in the way. Then I came to the Help for Heroes run Recovery Centre, Tedworth House and was introduced to art classes again. I soon got back into the swing of it and I realised that the Tedworth art room gave me the ability to do something again, that I had completely forgotten I could do. It gave me back my confidence. Confidence that showed me I was good at something again.”
Paul went on to win the ‘Veterans Workshop Prize’ with his painting ‘Solitary Confinement’; a picture of a lone house on a hill. “I saw the level of work from other artists and didn’t think I’d have a chance. I was more than slightly surprised when they read my name out! This will just encourage me more to continue painting. I find it a great way of escapism, so whenever life throws you those bad days, I can go down to the Tedworth House art room and pull out a paintbrush.”