Since leaving Holby 18 months ago Rebecca Grant (aka Sister Daisha Anderson) who is distantly related to the Royal Family – her great grandmother was Ernestine Bowes-Lyon – has been busy re-inventing herself as an artist and singer as well as continuing with a busy acting career.
Now she has emerged after long hours in her studio following in the footsteps of her late grandfather who was a highly thought of contemporary artist in France.
However, she has chosen as subject matter for her art work a collection of which has been produced over the past ten years – the environment she knows best – the theatre. Her exhibition is made up of scenes from productions she has appeared in and portraits of fellow thespians who have starred with her. These include work from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Bombay Dreams’ and London’s west end production of ‘One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ starring Christian Slater.
And for Robert Powell, one of the ex-Holby stars attending her opening night of the exhibition, there was a surprise in store.
Highlight of the opening night was his unveiling of a new and previously unseen painting by Rebecca. As he unveiled the latest work to come from the pallet of his former co-star though he realised for the first time that he was the subject.
Powell is the only Holby star Rebecca has so far committed to canvas.
After the unveiling she said : “I worked very closely with Robert when I was in Holby and admired him immensely. It seemed only right that I should paint a portrait of him.”
And Powell commented : “I had no idea just how talented Rebecca was as an artist, as well as an on screen actor. Nobody has ever done a portrait of me before. It’s a great likeness.”
Her exhibition “An Actor’s Art” runs until 15 July at The Philippine Embassy, 10 Suffolk St. Visit www.byrebeccagrant.carbonmade.com for times and details