December 7 2013 Latest news:
Friday, September 6, 2013
A former top cop is using his eye for investigative detail to paint rich landscapes of east Norfolk.
Since retiring as a detective inspector with Great Yarmouth police, Rickie Botwright has discovered new artistic talent.
He was previously a Royal Marine before more than two decades in the police force, working on major investigations including murders.
But he is now excelling in a more peaceful pursuit, and said he was “overwhelmed” to have his first work displayed this week.
It went on display at the James Paget University Hospital (JPH) in Gorleston, after the work was chosen by Great Yarmouth Society of Art.
“I was overwhelmed to have had my work selected to go on show within the hospital,” said Mr Botwright. “Not only has the society given me a great confidence boost in my painting but I am also privileged to represent the society and for others to see my work.
“I would like to continue to develop so much so that I may be considered for full society membership.”
His painting is of Great Yarmouth towards Caister sand dunes looking out across the North Sea.
Specialising in water colour and oil painting, he is fascinated by landscapes with sea and military themes.
He has undertaken a number of commissions to raise funds for the Royal Marines Association.
Mr Botwright, who is colour blind, has been painting for a little over two years. What began as a hobby has progressed since Mr Botwright was accepted as an associate member of the Great Yarmouth Society of Art.
Members said the society gives great consideration of those who can join, and in how it can assist members to enhance the society.
Members meet on the first Tuesday of every month, and a member artist and their work is selected to go on show within the JPH. Mr Botwright’s painting can also be viewed on his website www.botwrightart.com under the events page.