After many years in Cornwall, Chris and Nick Fletcher moved back to be near family in Dorset in the summer of 2015. They soon felt very much at home at Broadstone Methodist Church. Chris had been heavily involved in the Cornish Art world, both in St Tudy and latterly as chairman of Constantine Art Society and her work has been exhibited from Polperro to Mawnan Smith.
Living in Broadstone, Chris joined the Poole & East Dorset Art Society (PEDAS) and also the Canford Heath Art Society, (CHAS). She paints in pastel, acrylic, and watercolour and also enjoys pencil drawing of people and animals. Her flowers, country scenes and atmospheric seascapes were recently exhibited at ‘Panoply 2017’ staged by CHAS at Upton Country Park. Chris says: “Painting makes me more aware and observant of this wonderful world.”
All her life Chris has enjoyed making things and then 8 years ago, while strolling with Nick on the Cornish beach of Maenporth, she became fascinated by fragments of coloured sea-glass washed up on the shore. It wasn’t long before this new collecting hobby accumulated rather a lot of sea-glass in various shades of green, white, brown and blue. Chris set to work to turn these bits of jetsam into works of art. Using silver-plated wire she transforms the unwanted sea-glass into unique and attractive bracelets and necklaces.
This year Chris has faced traumatic health problems and underwent a series of chemotherapy. She says, “Having an interest in art and crafts helped me to get through chemo because it gave me something to think about and plan for when I was able to be creative again. Whilst on chemo, when it was difficult to concentrate, I was able to become totally absorbed in drawing faces, interesting faces that I found in a book I’ve had for many years. When you are absorbed in creating something, whether it is crochet bags, painting, drawing, or jewellery, it pushes problems to the back of your mind”.
Faith is integral to Chris and with this year’s sudden health issues she has felt truly supported by the prayers and friendship from the church family which she says “has been second to none.”