I'm an artist who now specializing in drawing the body in motion, (I've been selected as one of Lloyds Bank's artists for the 2012 Olympics, for this very ability...) to meet Angus and subsequently 'record' his training for this incredible Channel project, is...well, perfect.
Angus and I met in Brighton earlier this year, at the gallery-come-working studios (JAG Gallery) where I'm based; part of a flourishing artists quarter on Madeira Drive. His passion for this mission is fantastic...and matches mine for 'putting life on paper'; I decided to come and sketch him whilst he was doing one of his mammoth four hour pool swims.
However, I have an infinitely more special reason for being involved. I just watched the video on this website, telling the story of 8yr old Lawrence's short life, and his mother's wishes to help save others, in his name. Do watch it. I had two babies who also had a very rare genetic disorder, and whom I too, felt powerless to help. To be able to do something - however seemingly small - to help save a life, is wonderful and humbling.
I was asked to give a little of my background, and for those who are interested, please visit my website: www.janirvine.com but it just seems; after such a moving story, not quite so important. Suffice to say, I have been a working artist all my life and am still enjoying every minute!
On the 15th March this year I was invited by Josie Price, teacher at Blatchington Mill School to be interviewed by her class; year 8's as part of an English/Media exercise, here are the results of my two favorite!