‘Mini Monet’ auctions painting in memory of his grandma
Teenage art sensation Kieron Williamson, known as the ‘Mini-Monet’ is auctioning a painting of an alpaca to benefit the new hospice appeal.
The painting has a poignant history, as it was a very specific request from Avril Williamson, Kieron’s grandmother, which resulted in this unusual painting. Very sadly, Avril had been diagnosed with incurable cancer, so she asked Kieron to fulfil a final wish of hers to have a painting of an alpaca, to remind her of happier times seeing alpacas at a local farm in Cromer whilst walking her dog.
Avril received end-of-life care both as an inpatient at Priscilla Bacon Lodge and at her home, which allowed her to fulfil her wishes and die at home. The care she received was invaluable, as her family had been unable to travel from Cornwall, due to the Covid-19 travel restrictions, so were unable to spend time with her in final months.
As a mark of her gratitude for the care she received, Avril decided that the painting of the alpaca should be auctioned after her death to raise funds for the Priscilla Bacon Hospice appeal. She wanted the painting to be her legacy to the appeal, so that more people could receive the same specialist palliative and end-of-life care as she did.
Hugo Stevenson, Head of Operations and Fundraising said; “We are incredibly grateful to Kieron and his family for fulfilling Avril’s wishes and auctioning the painting to benefit our fundraising appeal. We are sure that the charming painting with such an touching story will be very popular with collectors of Kieron’s paintings and the money raised will make a tremendous difference to our £12.5 million fundraising campaign.
The painting can be viewed here and is at The Gallery, Holt until 20th July.