Jim attended Trinity as an outpatient and was a driving force in the Art Therapy Group until a short time before his death last summer. Below, his sisters remember him and the impact that the Art Therapy Group had on their brother.

"Our brother Jim was a talented musician, a hugely well-read, intelligent man with a dry sense of humour and a kind, generous heart. In 2001, following our mother's death, Jim worked extensively on translating Stéphane Mallarmé's poems, at a time when few such translations existed - he took great pride in this work.

The outpatient Art Therapy Group at Trinity meant a great deal to Jim and was a huge lifeline for him, it became his main contact with the outside world.

It was a positive place for him, providing new interest and friendship. The staff involved helped him produce some really vibrant artwork, and he was delighted when his works went on sale during an Art Exhibition in 2016 held by Trinity.

We were really comforted by the words of Diana, the Art Therapist at Trinity, after Jim died. She said he was a “highly valued member of the group whose art was always a powerful means of communication and expression of what was actually happening in the group.

Jim was also the godfather of our very successful exhibition which he named “Not finished yet”. We all loved this title as it had so many layers; it represented how patients and especially Jim, would work on the same painting week after week and there was a feeling that there was always more to do, or the painting would change into a new theme, so in that sense it was never quite finished; and it was also a metaphor for the lives of patients and a statement about the stigma of living with a palliative care condition. The “unfinished fish” was a painting that Jim deliberately did not finish so as to exhibit in the theme of the exhibition”. 

Jim's artistic style was popular and as a result, many of his paintings were sold at the exhibition and he was absolutely amazed and delighted that people bought his work.  One of his last paintings was the “Andromeda, Perseus and sea monsters”; he was exploring Greek mythology and abstract expressionism.

Jim’s illness made it very difficult for him to leave home independently, but wonderful Trinity volunteers came to his flat and helped him get to Art Therapy – without their kind assistance he simply would not have been able to get there. They were real heroes who clearly cared about him; they navigated narrow corridors and lifts to get Jim out of his flat in his wheelchair, attached at all times to his oxygen tank."

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