RAF Reservist Sara Waymont recently did a painting featuring players from Saracens Rugby Club to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund. In this guest blog, Sara tells us more about her painting and why she wanted to support us.
I have been an artist for as long as I can remember. I entered local art competitions when I was younger and art was always my favourite subject at school. I didn’t ever consider making my living as an artist and only began selling my paintings and drawings to raise money for charity.
I have gained so much from my short time in the RAF Reserves (I joined at the beginning of 2012) and it is comforting to know that the Fund provides support to RAF personnel and their families.
I wanted my Saracens painting to go to the RAF Benevolent Fund because of the great work that they do. My painting features Saracens stars Owen Farrell, Mako Vunipola and Matt Stevens and they also signed it.
I am currently working on a series of paintings of the Saracens senior squad, but I haven't yet painted any other famous people. If I could choose anyone to sit for a portrait it would be Prince Harry or Bear Grylls. I find both of them incredibly inspiring – they are tremendous characters and so generous in their own charitable endeavours. Of course, as a member of the RAF, Prince William or Flt Lft Alex 'Frenchie' Duncan would also be at the top of my list.
2014 is going to be a very busy year for me. I am currently exploring the possibility of going out to Afghanistan as a war artist, which is exciting in terms of the images it will allow me to capture and produce but it's also quite daunting. However, the experience will enable me to continue my fundraising efforts through the sale of my work.
Art is a massive gift to me and I am really grateful to the RAF Benevolent Fund and the Saracens Sport Foundation for allowing me to use it in such a positive way.
By Sara Waymont
Sara's painting was the star prize in a raffle at the recent Shepherd Neame Spitfire dinner and the raffle raised £1400 for the RAF Benevolent Fund and the Wings Appeal.