Date of birth: 04.12.1987
Member since: 01.03.2024

Leanne Beetham was born on 4 December 1987 with the condition called arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC). As a consequence, she can use neither her arms nor her legs. It has become the norm for her to use her mouth for most everyday tasks. This also includes painting, which she has been doing since she was three years old. Leanne Beetham lives in Hull and likes to attend concerts, to go shopping or to go out with her friends. Her artistic talents also include designing her own tattoos and logos for a number of local rock bands. Since 2004, she has been supported by the Association as a Scholarship Holder. In 2024, she became an Associate Member of the VDMFK.

Leanne Beetham has had an affinity for animals since her childhood. In June 2009, she completed her studies with a ‘BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Behaviour and Training’ at Bishop Burton College. Although Leanne Beetham has had a passion for animals and art since childhood, the course has had a significant impact on how she sees and understands the animals she photographs and paints. Her new understanding has enabled her to capture the small details that make each of her animal subjects unique. She often paints with watercolours.

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