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Portraits in Conversations

2 min read

Portraits in Conversations

2 min read

Portraits in Conversations

Recently Roscommon, Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal Local Authorities put a call out for cocooners over the age of 70 who might be interested in participating in a virtual portrait sitting with artist Andy Parsons.

Sixteen people from the four counties were selected and Andy set to work. Over three zoom sessions, Andy Parsons painted the portraits while talking and getting to know each person. It was a wonderful opportunity to find out how the elderly people had responded to the last few months of Covid.

In return for their time, Andy has arranged for the finished portraits to be delivered to the sitter’s homes. It is hoped that a small number of close family, friends and staff will be able to view the portrait, depending on Covid restrictions at the time.


Pictured here is Maisie a 97-year-old lady who resides in Sonas Nursing Home Cloverhill., Roscommon. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Maisie has consistently kept up to date on all the news, following it intently. She has maintained a positive outlook on the situation, showing complete understanding of all the changes which are happening around her and, all the time, maintaining her faith, and praying for better times to come. Artist Andy Parsons, described her as a truly inspirational lady. The portrait now has pride of place on Maisie’s wall.

Portraits will be exhibited on the Local Authority and Age & Opportunity’s Bealtaine Festival websites and Facebook pages. A partnership project by Roscommon, Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal Local Authorities and Age & Opportunity as part of the Creative Ireland Creativity in Older Age.


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