Connors House, a residential home in Canterbury, is hosting an art exhibition to celebrate the unique talent of one of their residents.
Marise Edlin is a talented artist who has lived at Connors House since moving from Wingham in 2009. Marise has painted all her life, and her piece “Beachcomber” was made the Royal Academy’s Painting of the Year in 1969, which was then displayed by the Academy at an exhibition in Scotland along with another of Marise’s works, “Eve ‘69”
Unfortunately, in recent years Marise has developed an incurable hip condition which means that she is no longer able to stand to paint. Before moving to Connors House Marise had stopped painting entirely; staff at the home found out about her talent and encouraged her to pick up her paint brush again and Marise developed a new method of painting to work around her hip problem, and she hasn’t looked back since.
To celebrate her ability and oeuvre, Connors House is hosting an art exhibition at the Canterbury home on March 31st. All are welcome.
Marise has benefitted tremendously from this return to the art form, commenting: “Even when I’m in pain, when I’m painting it fades into the background.” Marise is originally from Sussex, but moved to the Kent twenty years ago, and has lived in the Canterbury area since.
Marise is no stranger to the limelight since moving to Connors House; last summer, to celebrate Abbeyfield Week, Marise gave a group of children from nearby St Thomas’ Catholic School a painting lesson.
Christine Devlin, home manager at Connors House is delighted that Connors House is able to offer Marise an outlet for her creativity, commenting: “Since Marise has moved to Connors House she has become more and more prolific, and paints almost every day. Her art gathers decorates the home and gathers lots of compliments, so we’re especially looking forward to really showing it off at the exhibition.”
Examples of Marise's work are available on our facebook page.