William, also known as Bill, is a resident at St Fillans Care Home who thoroughly enjoys painting and craft activities. So much so, that Bill has a dedicated painting desk in his bedroom and is the place where he completes all of his art, with views of fields and trees from the window.
Bill was always a right-handed artist until he suffered a stroke in 2014, causing weakness to the right-hand side of his body. Unfortunately, Bill found painting a challenge after the treatment and couldn’t hold the brush as he had been previously. Bill wasn’t willing to give up on his much-loved hobby though and one day swapped the paintbrush into his left hand. It wasn’t an easy transition to make, but after lots of practice, Bill’s natural talent shone through and he began life as a left-handed artist.
Bill has been painting ever since his recovery and enjoys creating colourful, true to life country scenes using watercolour paints. The team from the care home recognised his talents and decided to create a Facebook post telling his story and showing off some of his artwork. After posting the story, it received lots of positive comments from the public and reached an impressive 1,000 likes! Bill was so happy to hear the news and was very grateful that so many people had shown support towards his story and paintings.
To thank his growing crowd of online followers, Bill created a special painting featuring a personal message that reads, “Facebook Friends, thank you for all your kind words, love Bill”.
Support from friends, family and online communities can really help to better a residents’ overall sense of well being and brighten their day.
Bill, you are a true icon and we’re proud you are part of the Excelcare family.