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College Lake is a great tutor for artist who paints wildlife scenes

Aston Clinton based artist Felicity Thirtle has been painting wildlife scenes for charity

Aston Clinton based artist Felicity Thirtle has been painting wildlife scenes for charity

An artist was so struck with the beauty of a nature reserve that she decided to paint a scene of the conservation site each week for a whole month.

Felicity Thirtle, 59, visited College Lake in Bulbourne, near Tring, and thought the haven would make the perfect backdrop for her work.

Felicity, of Stratford Close, Aston Clinton, said: “I just went to the centre one day and really liked it.”

Since the start of the month, Felicity has set up her easel each Thursday and diligently painted the wading birds and other creatures that call the nature reserve home.

The mother-of-one previously worked as an administrator for both Bucks and Herts County Councils, before retiring a year ago to concentrate on her passion.

She often paints landscapes and wildlife from photos – as well as pet portraits – using mainly acrylics on canvas, and first caught the bug at art classes more than 30 years ago when her son Jonathan was just a baby.

The painter said: “I find it very relaxing – I just love the colours.”

Her pieces are now on sale for £45, including a £5 donation to the Berks Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust which manages the area

Chris Williams, head of conservation and education at College Lake, said: “It’s a lovely partnership, and we’re keen to carry on. This isn’t the end of the road!”

Visit www.bbowt.org.uk or call 01442 826774 for more info.

 

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