A York-based artist, touched by the plight of flooded farmers, has once again chosen to donate the profits from one of her popular greetings cards to benefit the community which supported her in the early days of her career.
With an agricultural background stemming from many summers on her grandmother’s farm, Yorkshire-born artist, Lauren Terry, has always had a strong bond with animals, especially cows.
“They have such strong characters and such an inquisitive nature that they make perfect subjects. I felt art should brighten a room, plus I have a great time gallivanting around in fields getting nice and dirty!”
Living in London back in 2011, Lauren found herself longing for a view of the countryside so painted a colourful portrait of a curious Shorthorn to keep her company. From this single painting and sheer good fortune, this one-off piece of art lead to her first exhibition of cow paintings in her home town of Scarborough. The success of this exhibition propelled Lauren into a brand new career as a full-time cow artist under the name of Lauren’s Cows.
It was in 2014, in response to the floods in the Somerset Levels, that Lauren was driven to paint ‘Nice Weather for Ducks’, pictured below. “I have regular contact with farmers all across the country through social media” says Lauren, aged 26, “and after seeing photos posted of farmyards completely submerged in water I quickly realised what a devastating effect these floods were having on our farmers.”
Lauren then approached R.A.B.I offering to donate money to help farms affected by this natural disaster through sales of prints and cards of her welly-clad trio. “My greatest supporters from the very beginning have been cattle farmers. Their encouragement and enthusiasm gave me the confidence to grow my business, so when I saw their businesses destroyed in a matter of days, doing something to return that support was a no-brainer.”
Lauren paints in her York studio with her mother, Jude, taking care of logistics from Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria. Both these areas have been seriously affected by the winter floods of December 2015. “When the second set of floods hit I could’t believe it! Knowing that we had managed to raise in excess of £1,000 in 2014, it was natural instinct to re-release my soggy cows, who in a time of such distress, never fail to raise a smile.”
Lauren has now donated ‘Daisy It’s Cold Outside’, one of her top-selling Christmas card designs (pictured below), to the R.A.B.I to raise further funds.
“Farming is such an important part of our British way of life that it cannot be allowed to fall into decline. Supporting this cause is very close to my heart. R.A.B.I do such good work every single day and I can take great comfort in knowing that the money I raise is going directly to the farming community.”
Everyone at R.A.B.I would like thank Lauren and Jude for their continued support. As a charity we have paid over £70,000 to flood victims between since December and these donations are vital to allow us to continue our work.