Dog ‘N’ Boy is a series of artwork exploring every day anxiety and low mood in children and adults.

The collection features a ‘Black Balloon’ which represents the unseen dark weight of mental illness.

Lock down and Covid-19 have helped us see just how important our mental health is individually and as a family. My hope is that the Dog N Boy series of work will provide a starting point for a conversation to begin, especially with younger children.

Talking is necessary to understand our emotions I encourage everyone, including children to talk about their feelings. At home ‘Talking Club’ was invented when they were smaller. Held at 7pm in our bedroom, attendance was optional. The kids even made an Open/Closed sign for the door. Everyone turned up, including the dogs. It worked so well, it still does when we know big things are happening the sign always switches to OPEN.