In the midst of the COVID-storm, this caught our attention. Did yours too, didn’t it?

We had to find out more…

We managed to track down the artist and her message brought as much brightness to us as her painting.

Anna Vickers is a rehabilitation assistant for a stroke team in Gloucestershire NHS. She kindly took some time out of her schedule to talk to us…

Anna, this is brilliant, have you always been a painter? 

I have always enjoyed the process of painting rather than a final image, it’s more exciting!

Can you tell us a bit more about how this painting came to be?

It started off as a sketch on a piece of scrap paper! Then the more I worked on it the more involved and invested I became in it.

I started this image as I wanted to produce a piece of work that thanked the NHS and showed some of the struggles that we are all facing; but also and more importantly the kindness and hope we are all showing each other! 

And we are so glad that you did!

Do you have any messages for your fellow colleagues in the NHS?

The courage and bravery shown by everyone during this time has been phenomenal and so amazing to see everyone working together. Keep going, keep smiling – we’ve got this! 

Final message?

To look after our mental health as best we can and be patient, be forgiving and kind to each other and ourselves.

We can choose to focus on the uncertainty and fear or shift our attention and focus to the kindness and positivity we are sharing with one another. 

All you have to do is look out your window to see the messages of hope. 


Thank you Anna – we love your work and your message!

Share this with someone to brighten up their day!

If you wish to give Anna a message, use the comment section below.


#inittogether #wegotthis #oneofus #artastherapy

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5 Comments

Julie Jones · 3 May 2020 at 1:42 PM

Anna, this is amazing and so beautiful. it seems to capture the fear, anxiety love and pride that the nhs staff deal with every day. Proud of you.

phil jones · 3 May 2020 at 3:07 PM

Anna what a fantastic painting. I’ve looked at it over and over and I can see something in it that captures all of the emotion of front line nursing.

    Francis Subash · 3 May 2020 at 5:38 PM

    Thank you for producing an excellent piece of art. It made me generate a very personal and unique experience.

Ingrid Barker · 20 May 2020 at 4:51 PM

Amazing image, Anna. Thank you so much for sharing it!

Elizabeth Pollock · 29 May 2020 at 12:34 PM

Thank you for sharing this Anna.
You have captured if beautifully through your words anx unique art work.
I will definitely be sharing this with my family, especially those working for the NHS, including Andrew!

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