Article and Photographs: Jonathan White
Tony Winterbottom, aged 55 from Nantwich, currently has a selection of his artwork on display in the shop window of the Nantwich Bookshop & Coffee Lounge on High Street in the centre of the town, as a collaboration between the talented artist and the popular business.
The prominent display includes framed examples of Tony’s sketchwork of authors, singers and inspirational people alongside a book relating to that same person. Examples include former British Army officer and centenarian fund-raiser Captain Sir Tom Moore with ‘Tomorrow Will Be A Good Day: My Autobiography’, British television producer and presenter Richard Osman with ‘The Thursday Murder Club’, and Sunday Times bestselling author Adam Hamdy with ‘Black 13’.
Tony is a recovering alcoholic who has been in recuperation for just over a year. Alcoholism took away his interest in sketching, amongst other things, but now he is in sobriety he chooses to draw not drink. Therefore, Tony has named his website https://www.drinkordraw.co.uk and uses the hashtag #drinkordraw on his social media.
Tony produces a range of bespoke black and white graphite sketches. Genres he covers includes pets, portraits, celebrities, architecture, and landscapes.
The display was officially unveiled on World Mental Health Day on Saturday 10th October 2020. World Mental Health Day is an international day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma.
Tony Winterbottom said: “The opportunity to showcase some of my work is a personal milestone in my journey. Hopefully, it demonstrates that recovery is possible, and if my story inspires or helps just one other person to realise the same, then the collaboration with Steve & Denise Lawson of the Nantwich Bookshop & Coffee Lounge will be a success.”
Denise Lawson, Nantwich Bookshop & Coffee Lounge, said: “It’s fabulous to be collaborating with talented locals to promote reading. Tony’s story is an inspiration to us all.”