Artist taking photos of staff and volunteers from treetops Hospice

Beeston artist, Matthew Lyons is painting a series of large artworks featuring Treetops Hospice staff and volunteers to help us celebrate our 40th anniversary.

Matthew has been painting all his life and has a passion for making the ‘ordinary become extraordinary’ through his portraits.
This passion culminated in a public exhibition last year of twenty individual portraits depicting the ‘People of Beeston’. During a public tour of the exhibition, we approached him.

Honoured to be able to work with the hospice

Matthew said: “After the ‘People of Beeston’ exhibition, I had the idea to do something similar, but this time with groups, so painting groups of those who work and volunteer at Treetops is the perfect next project for me.
“It also gives me a great opportunity to paint some quite large paintings. They are three times larger than I’m used to! Most of the time you have to consider that a commissioned painting is going to hang in someone’s home. So it has to be a domestic scale. In the hospice, there is space to accommodate larger paintings.
Matthew Lyons, artist
Our Chief Executive, Julie Heath, explained that the portraits were a wonderful way to help us celebrate our significant milestone:

Supported hundreds of patients and their families

“We are so proud of everything we’ve achieved in the local community over the last 40 years. During this time, we’ve supported hundreds of patients and their families at the most difficult times of their lives.
We couldn’t have achieved this without the dedication and commitment of all our staff and volunteers. To be able to immortalise some of them in paint is wonderful. We will proudly display the paintings for everyone to enjoy for many more years to come.
In total, Matthew is painting three group portraits over six months. The staff and volunteers involved come from across all areas of the end-of-life hospice including our nurses, admin staff, the hospice cook, a counsellor and volunteers from our Long Eaton Treetops charity shop and gardening team.
We will reveal the portraits later this year as part of our 40th anniversary celebrations.
I feel honoured to be able to work with the people from the hospice to create these paintings which will celebrate the people and the work that they do. I’m very excited to see how it comes together.

I hope that the hospice will love them

Matthew continued: “Every painting I do has something to challenge me. With these portraits it’s going to be creating an interesting painting which has a recognisable group of people. I want to create something which is of interest to the people who recognise the staff and volunteers but also for those who don’t; because of the composition, the light or the texture in the painting. That way the paintings will have longevity. I hope that the hospice will love them and want to hang them for the next 40 years!”
Once complete, Matthew is gifting the paintings to us but welcomes donations towards the costs of the painting or framing.