Ex-midwife born to create art

Knutsford Guardian: Knutsford painter Mike Tolchard with Lisa Bryce Knutsford painter Mike Tolchard with Lisa Bryce

A KNUTSFORD mum and former midwife has been brightening up the walls of a town-centre cafe – thanks to a little boost from a friend.

Lisa Bryce, 43, stumbled across her artistic talents 15 years ago when she painted a mural in her daughter’s nursery, and since then, has created commissioned gifts as a hobby.

Recently, when Lisa discovered town-centre based painter Mike Tolchard was looking to cast Knutsford artists under the spotlight, she enlisted his help – and her art can now be seen adorning the walls of Victoriana tearooms.

Lisa, who works part-time in the Knutsford Community Hospital clinic, said: “When I first started off, I thought ‘I’m not sure if these are good enough’ but Mike said he doesn’t judge anyone on what is good art and bad art, it’s individual.

“He really built my self-esteem and helped me get my art out there.”
The mum-of-two can turn her hand to a variety of art forms, and most of her current work revolves around button art, scrabble art, watercolour paintings, and murals.

Lisa said: “It’s all evolving and continuing to grow. It might not be the career I have trained for but I am grateful I can use the gift I have been given to cheer people up.”

Lisa’s artwork will be moving to Cranford Cafe in a few weeks, and Mike is on the lookout for other artists to showcase around town centre cafes.

If you are interested in having your work displayed, contact Mike on 07506149097. A selection of Lisa’s work can be seen on her Facebook page, search Wonderwalls of Knutsford.

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