The WARpaint sketches:
These 13 large sketches are for sale to companies and individuals in return for a donation to WARpaint, with all proceeds going to the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity, the Army Benevolent Fund – The Soldiers’ Charity, the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund and Blind Veterans UK.
They currently hang at Stanford Hall, DMRC where they are used as part of the rehabilitation process for patients.
‘Painting these portraits has been an inspiration for me, the response from the sitters has been powerful and reinforces the value of the project to me’
Caroline de Peyrecave
“I went down to Caroline’s studio in London for my first sitting for my portrait. I was a bit unsure what to expect but straight away Caroline put me to rest and showed me some of other paintings over a coffee.
Once up in the studio it was a quick change in to my GB Race kit and how she wanted me to hold the dragon boat paddle. She took some photos and then she started to work and I couldn’t believe how fast the painting came together.
I feel very honoured to have her paint my portrait and hope it inspires other Injured soldiers. Afghanistan was our war, now our injuries are our war and as Soldiers we never lay down to a fight”. Mark Harding
“I first met Caroline as a member of the cast of ‘The Two Worlds Of Charlie F’ a powerful, moving and often humorous play about the journey of British soldiers from point of injury through rehab and then on into civilian life.
Caroline had seen the play and asked if I would sit for a portrait. I am one of what might be called the ‘Older Veterans’ (I was injured in 1991 in Northern Ireland) and found myself feeling a little humble that she had asked me to sit for her and ultimately become part of WARpaint alongside some of the younger members of the Armed Forces injured in more recent conflicts.
Caroline’s approach was welcoming and relaxed immediately putting you at ease and as we chatted, drank coffee and entertained her cat she worked on the portrait… before I knew it a couple of hours had passed and she allowed me to see what she had painted, I was amazed at how much work she had done in what I saw as a relatively short time. Sitting for Caroline was a very enjoyable experience.
I believe that WARpaint is going to be a fantastic opportunity for members of the public to view and experience the unique images created by Caroline enabling them to perhaps have a glimpse into the lives of members of HM Forces who have been injured in conflict. ” Darren Swift