James says: "This was an emotional picture to paint, a tricky one. I just can't imagine what they are dealing with everyday. Thank you for choosing me to paint this."

John says: "This painting is more than just a painting, it is a connection between friends and an understanding that we all had to play a part. This work was commissioned as a surprise for Jenny and I (who are close friends as well) by friends who have seen the impact on us and our families. When it was presented to us on zoom, it was incredibly emotional, but reignited my fight to go back into work and help more people, a new lease of life, it shows that people really care about what we do."


  • Title: The Hug, John and Jenny
  • Creator: James Budden
  • Date Created: 2020
  • Location Created: Sherborne
  • Physical Dimensions: 40 x 60 cm
  • Type: Portrait
  • Medium: Oil on Board
  • Collection: Healthcare Heroes

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