Stuart Kightley, managing partner at Osbornes Law, said: “It was an absolute pleasure to host this event and to showcase some wonderful work by these inspiring artists. Our personal injury team have worked with Headway East London for a number of years and we have seen how empowering art is for many who have suffered a brain injury.”
Sam Jevon, 51, from Enfield, who began creating work at Submit to Love Studios in 2009, was at the event. A mum of two, she began attending three years after sustaining a brain injury in a car accident, which affected her speech, dexterity, eyesight and balance.
She said: “I was a passenger in a 4×4 and I wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. I was in a coma for three months. I think my brain injury has done me a favour in lots of ways because I used to be fiery – now I am calm and patient and you can see that in my artwork.”
A completely self-taught artist, Sam is famed for her detailed line drawings, almost exclusively in black and white ink on paper. She visits the studio twice a week and has earned the nickname the “Queen of Wonky” for her unique illustration style.
She added: “Art has played a big part in my positivity – people always say how good my drawings are and that makes me feel very good about myself. I never did art at school and before my accident I could only draw matchstick people. When people look at my art, I want them to know what can be achieved after a brain injury.”
Tony Brooks, 52, from Camden, was just a young teenager when he sustained a brain injury after being hit by a car on his way home from school. This has affected his mobility, speech, and vision amongst other things. He became a member of Headway East London in 1998 and began drawing almost immediately.
He said: “My artwork is about drawing – it helps me to concentrate and control my hand. I like to draw horses and animals. I sell my artwork for myself; it gives me some independence, pride and confidence to do something for myself as I can’t do much else.”