Artists from Isleworth are uniting to raise money for domestic abuse victims, beginning with an exhibition later this month.
Lesley Miller knows many people who have been trapped in abusive relationships and describes her vivid acrylics of flowers and happy couples as a reminder of what love should be.
Paul Duncan has painted intricately detailed oil portraits for celebrities, including Keith Lemon and Gary Lineker. But his most moving commission was one of Lee Rigby and his sister as children, which he painted free of charge for the murdered soldier's mother.
The artists have teamed up to raise money for Women's Aid and ManKind Initiative, which both support victims and campaign for an end to domestic abuse, by donating 20% of each sale to be split between the two charities.
Having set themselves the hugely ambitious task of raising £1m, they plan to launch the initiative with an exhibition at Isleworth's South Street Gallery and Gift Shop, in Lower Square, Isleworth, on February 20, titled 'Blooming Love'.
Councillor Sue Sampson, whose sister was murdered by her estranged husband and who leads Hounslow Council's campaign against domestic abuse, is due to speak at the event.
Anyone is welcome to attend the exhibition, running from 2pm-8pm, where they will be able to watch Paul painting the Duchess of Cambridge's portrait (from a photo) and enjoy refreshments and live music.
"I wanted to raise awareness of domestic abuse because I know a lot of people who have been affected," said Lesley, a 37-year-old former assistant headteacher. "People often don't understand abuse. They think it's only about violence and ask why the victim doesn't just leave, but they don't understand the psychological impact. It really does ruin lives.
"When you've experienced domestic violence and seen what love is not, I think it gives you a greater appreciation of what love is, be that familial love, romantic love or true friendship.
"I think there's a lot of love in Isleworth because there's such a strong sense of community, which Rowan ([Joyce, who owns the gallery and the South Street Coffee and Ice Cream Shop] in particular does so much to foster."
Lesley, whose work sells for between £30 and £500, grew up in Leeds and moved to Isleworth five years ago. She only took up painting after going on maternity leave to have her son Harry, now three, who she describes as her toughest critic.
Paul grew up in Isleworth but the 29-year-old, who works as residential porter in Roehampton, recently moved to Hampton.
His portraits, which cost £300 upwards for framed originals and £35 or more for prints, take a painstaking 30 hours on average to complete.
He says he is proudest of the one he painted for Lee Rigby's mother, which she was so delighted with she commissioned a wedding portrait.
You can see more of Paul's portraits at http://pickupapainting.wix.com/drybrush.
Any businesses willing to donate prizes for a charity auction at the exhibition are asked to email email@example.com.