"Antonia's forte and brand is life changing service to the vulnerable and lesser heard"
I am an Artist Extraordinaire and a Specialist. A specialist in living, loving and dying. Part of being an artist is the joy of expression, and this takes the form of painting, writing, performing and public speaking. I express how I am affected by the work I do, what it teaches me, and the stories of the people that I meet. I run workshops, support people struggling with terminal diagnoses, and I offer companionship and listening. I trained as a soul midwife, and have been learning about living and dying ever since. I am currently creating an exhibition on a subject very close to many of us, that of addiction, please see below.
Addicts and Those Who Love Them. A new project of portraits and interviews. I am working on this at the moment. I am the mother of an addict and have watched the hopelessness, the madness and the monstrousness of addiction over many years. How do we deal with it? What is it? This project works with addicts and those affected by their addiction. More information and a link to my Go Fund Me page in Events
As a painter my work is colourful and figurative. I work in oils and in acrylics and my work includes portraits of both individuals and families, quirky sideways looks at our Christian story (see The Male Madonna, the God’s Life series, Jesus on the Tube), whimsical paintings exploring the True Fairy at middle age, and some book illustration which I have loved doing, you can view my work in the gallery. I also create exhibitions around end of life and addiction, see below.
My writing includes published articles on end of life matters, and my blog. Here, in the blog, I write about the people I meet the things I do. It is a place to think in print. It is interesting and entertaining, because I don't do deep heavy stuff unless it has a bit of common sense and makes me laugh
A soul midwife is a compassionate friend, an end of life companion, for anyone preparing for and going through the dying process, and this includes families and friends. It includes grief and loss support too. This work is varied and profound; it involves visits, support, deep listening, and publicly raising end of life awareness through the A Graceful Death exhibition and various workshops in the community, read more about soul midwifery.
The A Graceful Death exhibition is a combination of both soul midwifery and art. It is a collection of more than 50 paintings, including portraits of and interviews with people who are facing the end of their life. I worked with the dying for over eight years to paint their portraits and ask them to speak about what was happening to them. I asked two questions, Who are you and What do you want to say? A Graceful Death shows all around the country promoting end of life awareness and hosting workshops, talks and discussions within the exhibition, you can view images from the exhibitions here.