Popular Exeter landscape and animal painter, Mike Jory, is to hold an online exhibition of his work to raise funds for Migraine Action, a charity which offers information and support to the one in seven people in the UK affected by debilitating migraine and a condition which the artist has been affected by for over 20 years.
Mike (42), who lives in Exeter, has exhibited his work in galleries across the South West of England and in major London galleries. His images have appeared on television, in the national press and are also in private collections around the world. One of the main focuses of his work is painting cows including Holsteins and British Friesians.
Mike decided to organise the online exhibition, which will run from May 1st to June 30th 2012, to raise much needed funds to help Migraine Action continue its services for migraineurs. These include a telephone helpline, access to a specialist headache nurse and over 150 information leaflets. Migraine is much more than ‘just a headache’ and is classified by the World Health Organisation as amongst the top twenty most disabling lifetime conditions.
Mike suffers from chronic migraine and experiences symptoms on most days which at their worst include a severe throbbing headache on the left side of his head, nausea and dizziness accompanied by weakness and pain down the left side of his body. Mike finds the best way to control the condition is keeping a paced lifestyle and using the Alexander Technique and an Alpha-Stim machine*.
Mike says: “One of the great things about art is that you can do a painting in stages, so it is an activity which one can fit around migraine attacks. Migraine can make it difficult to progress in life, whether in one’s career or a hobby, but producing art regularly has provided me with a thread of stability over the years; each project brings with it something new to learn and the sense of accomplishment upon completing a painting is always a joy.
“Migraine Action provides vital services but must raise £300,000 each year to continue its work. The exhibition includes original paintings, drawings, prints and other merchandise to which people can add their own message to make a unique gift. Prices range from a couple of pounds to £1,500, so I hope there is something for everyone. People will also know they are also supporting a charity which really makes a difference to those whose lives are devastated by migraine.”
Joanna Hamilton-Colclough, Director of Migraine Action, says: “As a migraineur himself, Mike knows only too well the suffering that migraine can cause, not only to the individual themselves but also their family and friends. We are extremely grateful to Mike for his support via this online exhibition which we hope will be a great success. Every penny raised will help us to support people affected by what remains a much-misunderstood condition.”
The exhibition is sponsored by Alpha Stim Southwest and is available at www.mikejory.co.uk from 1st May – 30th June 2012. A percentage of all sales will be donated to Migraine Action.
People affected by migraine can contact Migraine Action for information and advice by calling the charity’s helpline on 0116 275 8317 or by visiting the website at www.migraine.org.uk
*Stress control system which involves applying a very low level electrical signal to the body via electrodes that are clipped to each earlobe stimulating the production of alpha brain waves which are said to have a calming and de-stressing effect on the brain.
Below: Mike Jory's Morning Walk