A TEENAGER has expanded her artistic repertoire with a tribute to the Queen and Dame Vera Lynn on her garden wall.

Rhiannon Harrald (Bennington) previously paid personal tribute to NHS workers with the aim of it bringing hope to the nation.

The 16-year-old, who has Asperger’s, attends Ysgol y Deri, in Penarth, but also studies art at St Cyres School, in Penarth where her talent is fostered.


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Rhiannon said: “I have recently started and now finished the Queen and Vera Lynn on the left wall.

“I've named this picture 'We'll meet again' because the Queen's speech from VE 75 day was and still is an important message to us all relating to this pandemic that's still happening right now.

“The Queen's message was "We'll meet again."

“If you see in the middle of my painting, I have put the Queen's message between them.

“That message originally came from the singer, Vera Lynn who sang that song to our soldiers during the Second World War.

“The planes in the background were the planes from the Second World War, but also to represent the pandemic that is happening that were fighting through this crisis together.

“I've also added a couple underneath the message 'we'll meet again' to represent that families and friends will meet again, but not only that, but to the families that have list their loved ones due to coronavirus and will reunite with them in heaven one day.

“My heart deeply goes out to all the families that have lost their loved ones from this pandemic.”

She added: “I say a big thank you to the NHS, front line workers, cleaners, carers, cancer charities, charities that are helping victims from domestic abuse and child abuse.

“Most of all, my painting says that everyone will meet again and be back to normal; if we all keep listening to the rules, staying safe and keeping the two metre distance.

“It takes time for a crisis like this to cool down and finally be back to normal again.

“Don't forget.

“It won't be like this forever.

“It just takes some time to find light at the end.”

Rhiannon previously received recognition for her painting when, a few years ago, she came second out of 1,000 entries in a UK-wide competition on the theme of Windrush.

Fashion designer and TV presenter, Gok Wan judged the competition.