Half and Half

Rachel Groves. Artist. Lichfield, UK.

I make biographical as well as fun art.

Contact me rachelcreative@yahoo.co.uk

Rachel Groves, Artist Lichfield, Staffordshire, UK








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In January 2007 I was diagnosed with ME/CFS. I am chronically ill, am housebound for much of the time and I am unable to work in any conventional sense. Through my art I might work for myself within my means for a modest income.

This Page Last Updated  12 Nov 2022


  1. Hi!

    I have realized a spam-feeded blog. A small net-art piece.

    I’ve loved your “spam poems”, and I would very very happy if you post on it some of them. Mixed with true spam the effect will be great.

    Publishing is automatic, just send them to ottocid@tiscali.it and wait a pair of minutes…

    Thank you and congratulations for the good work!

    Alfonso / bug01

  2. Now here’s a blog I really like. I wonder if hospitals would be interested in your “doodles.”
    I particularly like the one about your box and label.

    I never thought chronic pain would be an issue with my attitude or the way I react to others but I find chronic pain sometimes makes me a bit testy. It can change a person, chronic pain can. I hope in the long run it doesn’t change me poorly.


  3. This blog is great. Thank you so much. I too suffer from chronic illness and think more people need awareness on it.


  4. I just read your “About me” page and I really love how honest and open you are. It takes a lot of courage to be so comfortable sharing your pain. But that openness is what is so inspiring and helps the rest of us feel encouraged.

    Since you passed on some good books to me, I thought I’d do the same here. These are some books that have literally changed my life and my health since I’ve had a chronic health issue for the last 3 years as well (Candida). “You Can Heal Your Life” by Louise Hays I go back to and read a least a few times a week. It has changed me so much I can’t even begin to explain! And two other great ones: “When the Body Says No” by Gabor Mate, which is about the effects of stress on our body and “A Pace of Grace” by Linda Kavelin Popov which describes emotional and physical healing steps to recover your life and energy when you’re suffering a chronic illness or just plain tired and stressed out.

    I’m really happy I found your blog! I love reading it and feel like I’m making a ‘virtual’ friend!

  5. I am also very happy, that I found this blog. I like the way you cope with illness and limitations:
    “Due to my illness I have certain limitations (which shift and change) so I focus on what I can do and then, umm, doing it. ”
    Many Greetings from Berlin!

  6. Rachel, Durkin Here from Go Holga. I was wondering if you would like to both shoot on the same roll of film with holga camears? I think it would be a nice way of promoting each others blogs on our blogs and would also be fun. What do you say?

    If you are interested please drop me an e-mail on tom.durkin1[at]gmail.com


  7. Hi Rachel

    Have just shown this to mum and dad. Very impressed!! (Especially since they’re silver surfers now!)

    Dad especially likes your photographs!

    Your pictures look great.

    Good luck with the fundraising!!


  8. Hi Rachel –

    Just found your blog and was reading your “about” section. So sorry to hear about the CFS issues. My sister has that, as well as Fibromyalgia and a host of other things. Anyway – just wanted to say that your artwork is lovely, very lovely. So fun and sweet. I was wondering if you had ever heard of SCBWI – The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators? I haven’t perused through enough of your blog to know if you are already a member, but I think your artwork would lend itself perfectly to children’s books, if you haven’t gone that route already. And while SCBWI has its main headquarters in America, there are extensions of it in Europe and, I’m sure, Great Britian. I hope you’ll check it out if you haven’t already – it’s a great community for writers.

    Take good care – glad you have a blog to showcase your great art!

  9. Beautiful photographs but I really like your paintings. I just learned about you via @JonathanLSeagul on twitter. I will be adding you to my blogroll as well.

  10. Cool camera collection! Did you have to modify the box camera to use modern sized film? What size do you use for it?

  11. Hi Rachel
    I just want to say that I find your blog inspiring! I am a fellow ME/Cfs sufferer, just beginning to explore arts and crafts (very much as a beginner) now that I am struggling to keep my job going. I still have a lot to look at on the blog – you are very prolific and have some lovely artwork here to see!
    Thank you – keep going!

  12. Rachel,

    I just came across your blog and I love your work, especially black and white photos from toy cameras. I think they are fantastic! Keep up the good work and I wish you tons of luck with your health for the future!!!

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