Creative Minds visited our home Nightingale Hall to carry out an art session and Lesley kindly wrote the following life story of our residentJoyce Cheverton.  Please visit our Facebook page to see her amazing creative artwork.

“We encounter so many fantastic residents with incredible life stories like 97 year old Joyce Cheverton, a resident at Nightingale Hall Care Home Richmond, North Yorkshire. She's an inspirational Artist and still creating wonderful artwork today! Here is some of her amazing artwork and life story.

Born in Harrow in 1920, Joyce showed remarkable artistic talent from an early age, producing saleable oil paintings while still at primary school. She studied for three years at Harrow College of Art and stayed for a further year as a tutor.

During the war years she taught art at the girls convent school in Willesden. When the sirens went she took her class to Willesden underground station which served as an air raid shelter. Joyce's shelter sketches are some of her most poignant works.

Joyce met and later married David Cheverton, a young RAF officer, in a class of RAF officers she was instructing in the art of camouflage. David became an architect after the war and later a vicar. Joyce supported his ministry with her art.

Throughout her life Joyce was prolific in many forms of art - oils, water colours, posters, engravings, Lino cuts, wood block printing from blocks she carved herself, book illustration and cover design. She painted a huge four wall mural for a London cafe and designed a lounge for a Cunard liner. David and Joyce retired to a bungalow he designed in Preston-under-Scar. Their son Mark and his wife Lottie founded an Art College in Leith which flourishes to this day.”

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Helen Lawson