Painting by Finmere’s Keith Jansz to appear on Christmas card

The Great Escape, by mouth painting artist Keith Jansz
The Great Escape, by mouth painting artist Keith Jansz

A mouth-painter has had his artwork selected for a Christmas card design by the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists.

Keith Jansz, from Finmere, painted ‘The Great Escape’ featuring the Tudor house in Buckingham’s Church Street, known locally as ‘Twisted Chimneys’, and includes the University of Buckingham geese who – with artistic license – have multiplied and made it to Church Street.

Sales of the Christmas cards will support the 800 mouth and foot painting artists around the world.

The original painting was sold earlier this year at the UK launch of Red Bull’s Wings For Life, raising funds to keep two Cambridge-based researchers working in their laboratories.

Wings For Life raises money to fund research into finding a cure for spinal cord injury and has a number of high-profile supporters including Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel.

Another one of Mr Jansz’s paintings has raised money for charity after it was left in the effects of one of Keith’s patrons who recently passed away. It raised £1,150 at auction, with funds going to Back Up, the charity for sport for spinally injured people.

Back Up was created by friends of a James Bond stunt man who broke his back during filming for Live and Let Die, and is one of the charities which benefits from the annual Bicester & Finmere equestrian show.

Cards can be bought from the Mouth & Foot Painting Artists on 0207 2294491.