Daniel Perkin, 29, from London is a Prince's Trust supported artist who creates striking paintings of endangered animals, while donating 10% of his profits to causes he cares about. He is supporting The Great Create with Goodwill Ambassador Fearne Cotton.
Having struggled with his mental health, Daniel is passionate about raising awareness of mental health problems alongside climate change and the environment. Art has formed a crucial part of his recovery, giving him the headspace to focus his thoughts on creating something positive.
"However, art had always been therapeutic to me and when I discovered The Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme, they helped me turn my passion into a business.
"I was nervous before starting the programme – being around new people and trying new things made me anxious but the course was inspiring and, when I finished, I became a Young Ambassador. It makes me so happy to be able to wake up, create artwork and work on my business knowing it’s raising awareness for important causes. It’s overwhelming to think about how far I’ve come.
"I got involved with The Great Create because I want to inspire others to be creative in their own homes. My pack allows people to paint a hedgehog using coffee and tea – so it’s also raising awareness of an endangered British animal. I think I’ll probably get some friends round and host my own Great Create party!
"In the future, I want to carry on creating collections of art and I’d love to have my own gallery. I’d like to travel around the world, sell pieces and raise awareness about endangered animals and about mental health. From someone who used to fear leaving the house, it’s pretty incredible that I can now imagine myself doing all these things."