Andrea Bartlett served for 12 years in the Royal Army Medical Corps, before being medically discharged in 2011 for an eye condition that affects her optic nerve.
In 2014 Andrea joined the Band of Brothers Fellowship; a network open to veterans and serving personnel who have served alongside serving forces members.
In 2018 Andrea exhibited her artwork as part of the Mall galleries, Creative Force exhibition. She says, ''Being involved in the Creative Force exhibition confirmed to me, what I wanted to do as a career, inspiring me to follow my passion for art. It gave me back my passion for painting that I had lost many years ago, since joining the Army. It was from this, that Bart & Eddie Design Studio was created''.
Andrea uses art as a form of relaxation as part of her recovery. ''Art, especially when I paint, relaxes me and settles my anxiety. It's given me so much more confidence and a path to new possibilities. And that's really exciting for me!''.
Andrea's beautiful artwork has been transformed into striking designs for T-Shirts and tea towels. On having her artwork turned into products she's ''Immensely proud!'', ''It gives me a huge boost in confidence and self-worth, knowing that I'm giving back to a cause close to my heart, and even more so, that it is something that I have created''.
Andrea's husband Ian and son Josh joined our photoshoot to wear wonderful creations designed from Andrea's paintings.
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