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Former Actress turned Artist Brings Creative Touch to Signature at Elstree

One resident at local luxury care home, Signature at Elstree, has been inspiring both residents and team members to pick up the paint brush and begin their own artistic journey.

Betty Chapman has always been drawn to the creative side of life. Over the course of a long and successful theatre and film career, Betty performed in the iconic ‘West End’ and toured the country starring in countless productions.

With a particular love for comedy, she can recall many fond memories of playing parts in plays such as ‘The Private Ear and Public Eye’, often alongside her husband, a fellow actor and writer.

However, it was during this period of her life that Betty began to explore yet another part of the creative realm, painting. Enchanted by the work of those artists painting the sets for her theatre productions, she was inspired to pick up the brush herself and try her hand at something new.

And much like her career on stage, it quickly became clear that Betty had a real gift for painting. What started as a mere hobby quickly became a passion and a core part of her life.

She has gone onto produce a plethora of wonderful pieces of art, several of which have since been exhibited as part of The Actors Picture Show at the iconic National Theatre, in London.

Arriving at Signature at Elstree in July 2021, and aware of Betty’s wonderful talents, the care home team were eager to do their part and allow her to continue to express her artistic flair. Inspired by her talents, the team decided to introduce an art studio as a permanent area for residents to continue to paint.

Betty was quick to embrace this opportunity, and over the past year has spent much of her time working in the art studio.
Alongside working on her own pieces of art, Betty has also inspired many residents and team members at the care home to embark on their own creative journey and express their artistic flair. Offering tips and advice, she is always looking to motivate others and is a bundle of creative energy at the care home.

Speaking about her love for art, Betty Chapman said:
“Art is like dancing into another world. I was absolutely thrilled to have my art displayed at the National Theatre and its fantastic that I can continue to paint now.”

Speaking about the importance of activity spaces and opportunities for residents, Vina Bharadia, Activities Assistant at Signature at Elstree, said:

“Having spaces created for residents to enjoy what they like doing most is truly a delight. Here at Signature at Elstree we take pride in this, and offer countless activities, classes and sessions for those residing with us. It allows residents to settle and feel at home immediately. The art studio is just one example of that. Every time Betty is there, you can see she is at her best.”

All of Signature Senior Lifestyle’s care homes have a dedicated Activities Manager and team that offers a range of interesting and exciting activities for residents to get involved in. Aware of the importance of both the physical and holistic needs of an individual, Signature ensures that every resident need is met.