Christopher’s journey of education and development has taken him through many challenges, from learning to read and write (and standing up for himself in the playground!), achieving life skills at Bournville College of Further Education, to being one of the first people to live and work at the CARE Organisation’s Centre in Ironbridge, Shropshire.(This Charity merged with Hft, an organisation with similar aims, in 2013)
Christopher’s parents were part of the fundraising effort to create the Centre, a place where residents could gain the training to become as independent and self-fulfilled as possible.
Christopher learned carpentry skills here, but when his supervisor retired, his interest in working with wood was lost. Fortunately, Sally Rawlings at the Centre recognized Christopher’s potential in a different creative direction. She encouraged him to draw and paint, and subsequently helped him to join an art course at Telford College.
Christopher has not looked back, taking a great interest in painters, such as the Impressionists and moving on from taking nature photographs to painting birds, boats and flowers. He has shown and sold paintings in the Heart & Sold exhibitions and is very happy in his work, doing occasional commissions for friends.
Chris writes: Dear Suzie, Thank you for the work you and Paul did to show people my paintings. its great. Love from christopher