17:29 Thursday 19 December 2013

Stan still has passion for painting at age of 90

Written bySARAH BOULD

Stan Richards will be exhibiting his work in the Library Stan Richards will be exhibiting his work in the Library

A PENSIONER who has been creating artwork since the age of four – despite being partially blind – will display his paintings at an exhibition at Burton Library at the end of the month.

Stan Richards, 90, from Stretton, has been passionate about painting for many years and has held a number of exhibitions before.

He was forced to stop painting two years ago after suffering a heart attack, but is now back to full health and painting on a daily basis.

The money from sales of his paintings over the years has always gone to the Midlands Air Ambulance.

Many of his paintings feature scenes in Burton and are in oils, watercolours and acrylics.

He told the Mail: “I have sold hundreds of paintings over the years. I was a hairdresser for years and had seven shops.

“I haven’t done an exhibition since before my heart attack.

“I am keen to get rid of all the pictures so the air ambulance can benefit.”

He has previously had work displayed at the Royal Gallery in London, as well as galleries in Derby and Lichfield.

The exhibition will be held from December 30 at Burton Library, off High Street, for two weeks and will include 45 pictures produced over two years.

Mr Richards, who served in the RAF in World War Two, has been made an honourary member of Burton Art Club, which he was also a founder of.

He added: “I am painting all the time, I have got three ongoing at the moment. It’s a passion.

“I mostly do abstract. I’ll paint anywhere. Once I was out painting on Boxing Day and saw some people fishing. I thought ‘what are you doing fishing on Boxing Day?’ They probably thought a similar thing about me.

“Three years ago I did a painting of a tiger, really close up. It sold straight away.”

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