Watercolours by Mayor of Havant for charity appeal

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THE Mayor of Havant is putting his artistic talents to good use.

Councillor Paul Buckley has produced two beautiful watercolour Christmas cards to sell to the public.

FESTIVE Cllr Paul Buckley with his wife Jackie Buckley, left, and the Deputy Mayor of Havant, Cllr Marjorie Smallcorn. Picture: Malcolm Wells (133191-1467)

FESTIVE Cllr Paul Buckley with his wife Jackie Buckley, left, and the Deputy Mayor of Havant, Cllr Marjorie Smallcorn. Picture: Malcolm Wells (133191-1467)

One features a red candle and the other a white candle, both surrounded by holly.

All profits raised will go to the Mayor’s Appeal charities – The Stroke Association, Combat Stress and Relate Portsmouth and District.

Although some people may be surprised by the former Royal Navy commander’s artistic flair, he has been exhibiting his work for many years.

He said: ‘I’ve always been able to draw and I had always had a hankering to have a go at painting.

‘That’s not easy when you’re in the navy and moving around but, when I went back to shore in the early 1990s, I took up a course at South Downs College.

‘I was doing the courses for eight years until it got to the point where they couldn’t teach me any more.’

Since then Cllr Buckley has been capturing landscapes and still life for pleasure and exhibiting the pieces.

He is a member of the Portsmouth and Hampshire Art Society, and his work is shown at the society’s summer exhibition at Portsmouth Cathedral, in Old Portsmouth.

He said: ‘Last year I exhibited four pieces. I sold one of them and it was so exciting to see that red dot in the corner.

‘I never focus on people. There may be one or two paintings in my house which have people in them but I never make them the focus.’

There is just a limited run of cards available and they are expected to be snapped up soon.

They cost £3.50 for a pack of 10 and can be bought from the mayor’s secretary, Anne Thurlow, from the Public Service Plaza, in Civic Centre Road.

Alternatively, call Mrs Thurlow on (023) 9244 6152.