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OIL PAINTER: Inspirational artist uses his talent to turn life around in Watford

 Published on: 15th August 2022   |   By: Dean Shaw   |   Category: Uncategorized

An inspirational man who was once homeless now runs a thriving art studio in Watford.

John Hewitt, who is an oil painter, has turned his life round with his impressive collection at Amanartis in The Chapel at Vicarage Road Cemetery.

As well as his permanent exhibition in the studio, John is also working at Watford Chamber Hub where a display will soon take place.

John spent a period of time on the streets of London where he says he reached “rock bottom” with art inspiring him to improve his life.

With just a bag of belongings to his name he headed back to Exeter where he wanted to throw himself into studies and he immediately clicked with oil painting.

Since then his creative talents have blossomed and he is now enjoying his life in Watford.

He said: “I have lived around the world including in Costa Rica, USA and Jordan but when I moved back to Exeter everything went wrong.

“In the next moment I find myself living in a park in London with just a bag of belongings to my name.

“I knew I had reached rock bottom but as well as being a moment of horror it was also one of strange calm.

“I ended back in Exeter and was in supported housing which was a brutal environment so I wanted to study to cope and for some reason oil painting just clicked.

“From that moment it was every day painting apples, pears and just about everything I could grab. Never thinking this could be a career.”

“Two years ago I then moved to Watford and set up the studio. It has been brilliant being here and it’s going really well.

“I am working on a display at the hub and I feel very lucky.  I can be in the back of the hub on my own working on my paintings but can then come out and see the team for the social aspect.”

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