Portrait of St Albans child to feature in charity shop

Portrait of St Albans child to feature in charity shop

Portrait of St Albans child to feature in charity shop

First published in News St Albans & Harpenden Review: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

Internationally renowned artist Sunil Pawar has painted the portrait of a St Albans child, who is being cared for by Keech Hospice Care, to feature in the children’s hospice new charity shop.

In the hope of giving the Berkhamsted shop a modern feel, the children’s hospice approached Sunil after seeing his work and asked him to paint the portraits of children Evie Ryan, 2 from St Albans and Kaylem Barnett 4 from Baldock. 

Evie was 16-months-old and had just started to walk, talk and was turning into a bubbly toddler when she suddenly became very floppy. 

A few days later she was diagnosed with GA1 and Dystonia and since then Evie and her mother Kim Baron have been supported by Keech. 

Ms Baron said: "When Keech asked if I would be interested in having Evie’s portrait done I took a look at Sunil’s work.  I loved it immediately and can’t wait to see the work hanging in the shop."

Sunil, who is an exhibiting artist, said: "I am so glad to be painting the portraits of these two great children. The work Keech does is amazing, and to be involved in the project is a humbling experience indeed."

The shop will be officially opened on Friday, April 4 at 10.30am where people will have the opportunity to see the portrait of Evie.

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