AN EXHIBITION immortalising soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan is to be held by a Flintshire artist.
The artist, simply known as ‘Caro’ from Connah’s Quay, has created portraits of brave soldiers who lost their lives on the battlefield which she will eventually pass on to the mothers of those killed.
The exhibition, part of the artist’s 23 Seconds project, is being held at Fort George army base in Inverness.
It will include letters from the soldiers’ mothers about their sons and also mementos from their lives.
Caro said that ‘23 Seconds’ is an art project that has a main aim of telling the stories of fallen soldiers to the communities where they lived.
“23 Seconds is the average time it takes a British news channel to report the death of a soldier killed in action.
“Unless the death of a British soldier directly affects somebody, it goes largely unnoticed by them,” said Caro.
She originally planned to hold her first exhibition in Flintshire but was unable to secure funding.
Carol said:“I decided to go out on my own.
“One of the mothers who I’ve done a painting for in Scotland said ‘Why don’t you do something up here in Scotland’ because there were quite a lot of people who were killed in Scotland. She said she would organise it and I would just concentrate on the paintings.”
The exhibition of eight paintings is set to take place on Saturday, and Caro hopes it will be successful enough to fund exhibitions elsewhere in the country.
She said: “I’m hoping this will give the army the chance to see what I’m doing and hopefully then they can help and support it more.
“There are going to be collection buckets at this exhibition.
“I’m hoping that if we can raise enough money here then I can put on an exhibition in Flintshire.
“The ultimate aim is that each mother will get to keep a painting that will give them comfort. People don’t get to know what the soldiers were actually like.”
The exhibition will include three portraits of soldiers from the region.
These include Lance Corporal Alan Cochran from Rhesy-Cae, Senior Aircraftman Peter McFerran from Connah’s Quay and Corporal Terry Webster from Chester.