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SEnine Watercolour Montage


A local artist has completed a watercolour montage of the scenes of Shooters Hill. SARAH HAYES met him


The


montage, by former painter and decorator turned artist


Ray Marshall, is a collection of diff erent views, landmarks and buildings around Shooters Hill, including the Memorial Hospital, the Red Lion Pub and the Water Tower.


The painting has been put on display by the Oxleas Cafe and the Bull Pub oin Shooters Hill, both of which feature in the piece.


It was inspired by Ray’s frequent trips around Shooters Hill as a member of the Plumstead Runners jogging group.


Ray, who has dabbled in painting his whole life, has also completed a similar montage featuring Plumstead, his own town. Both are selling well. A future


montage is in prospect of the buildings of Eltham high street.


The painting also features the Ypres Milestone, the Police Station, Eaglesfi eld, a collection of Hillside Cottages, Severndroog Castle, Woodlands Farmhouse and even our local parakeets.


“I was encouraged to paint at school in Battersea by my art teacher, who concentrated on the small number of us who he thought had some talent”, said Ray.


Ray was a painter and decorator for Greenwich Council for more than 20 years and it has only been in his retirement that he has had the time to concentrate on his art.


He works from his observation, some outdoor work and photographs. “I tend to lose patience when I’m working on site, so most of the painting is done using pictures of the sites”.


He fi nds that one of the hardest tasks is placing the various landmarks in one


overall picture.


“I’ve sold more than 20 each of my prints of Shooters Hill and Plumstead. I’m not looking to make money but it’s nice to sell a few”, he said. Ray has produced an initial print run of 50 which are on watercolour paper and Giclee printed.


The prints are for sale at £55 framed or £40 mounted, from 8855 8307


Ray also belongs to the group Plumstead Potters and Painters, who hold regular exhibitions of their paintings, photography and pottery .


Photos by Dawn OConnor http://www.fl ickr.com/photos/dawnrosie


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