An up-and-coming Sheffield artist is creating 30 original paintings in 30 days in an ambitious challenge to raise funds for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

Every day until December 23rd, Jennifer Elson will be hard at work at the easel creating unique designs for the challenge dubbed ‘Living La Vida Lockdown’. You can keep up to date with her challenge here.

The 32-year-old’s artistic talent was evident from a very young age, with Jennifer picking up various national accolades throughout her formative years.

Her passion for art continued into adulthood, but it wasn’t until six months ago she decided it was time to purse art as a full-time career.

After being made redundant from her role as a Business Development Manager when the pandemic hit, Jennifer took the plunge.

“I’ve never been quite brave enough to do it before, so this seemed like the perfect time to start something new and put all the skills I’ve gained over the years to good use,” said Jennifer, from Laughton on Le Morthen.

“I think I started doing it for my own sanity, but then people starting buying my work and it went from there.

“I’m pleased to say that, six months in, it’s very much a case of so far, so good.

“So after concentrating all my efforts on my career as an artist, I felt it was time to start doing something to help others.

“I chose to support Bluebell Wood as I think it’s such an amazing organisation full of remarkable people who dedicate themselves to helping others.

“In my view they deserve all the money in the world, and that’s why I’m taking on this challenge.”

Jennifer’s intensive challenge will see art-lovers bid on each of the 30 paintings, with all profits helping the charity support local children and families through some of the toughest times imaginable.

“I haven’t got a backlog of 30 paintings, so it isn’t going to be case of me just going into the studio, picking up a painting and uploading it,” Jennifer added.

“I’m going to have to create a new painting every 24 hours, which is certainly making things interesting – but is a fantastic motivator.”

Some of the work Jennifer has showcased so far includes a stunning depiction of the road through the Scottish Highlands, sunsets over crystal waters and hay bales not far from Jennifer's home. 

She also has a Justgiving page for those who would rather donate to the charity, which can be found here.

The artists will also be lending her talents to Bluebell Wood once again next year, when she will be designing one of the hospice’s exclusive Christmas Cards.

Mel Rose, Regional Fundraiser for Bluebell Wood, said: “Jennifer’s work is absolutely stunning and we’re in no doubt that she’s destined for big things.

“So we’re delighted to have her support and we can’t wait to see the rest of her paintings over the next few weeks.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to get your hands on something truly unique, and in doing so you’ll be helping local families makes the most of every moment together.