WARpaint aims to raise funding for charities that support serving veterans and serving personnel who are living with the devastating and life-changing effects of war.
It is the brainchild of portrait artist, Caroline de Peyrecave. Caroline usually works by commission from her London studio. She is devoting her time to this project in order to help others.
The core of the project is a selection of life size portraits of living sailors, soldiers and aircrew, men and women, representing conflicts that the United Kingdom has been involved in since the Second World War. Painted by Caroline, the pictures will be put on public display in London along with 30 or so painted sketches of other sitters.
The full-length portraits will subsequently be loaned in return for donation to companies and individuals over the following two years. The proceeds raised will be distributed to charities that support wounded veterans, including Combat Stress, Stoll, Walking With the Wounded and the The Dougie Dalzell Memorial Trust.
The sketches will raise funds for The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity, The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, ABF The Soliders’ Charity and Blind Veterans UK.
WARpaint hopes to raise awareness of the effects of conflict through art and generating valuable funds for worthy charities. Utilising the therapeutic power of the art and how the experience has the ability to help injured veterans.
Many of Caroline’s sitters find the sittings a chance to reflect on what has happened to them and how they are living their lives today. Caroline is particularly focusing on the positive side of what her sitters are doing now in their day to day lives. When they sit for her she is curious and asks open questions about what they have been through, allowing the conversation to be natural and comfortable.