Norfolk artist set for last exhibition at the age of 87

Artist Pam Noyes (87) is getting ready for her last ever exhibition. Picture: Ian Burt

Artist Pam Noyes (87) is getting ready for her last ever exhibition. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Pamela Noyes paints bold, textured seascapes, landscapes and flowers in sweeping strokes of oil on board.

Her work will be on show for the final time at the Boathouse, by the harbour at Burnham Overy Staithe, from Saturday, July 16 until Sunday, July 24.

'It's going to be the last one of my life,' said Mrs Noyes, whose work has been exhibited at the Royal Academy and London galleries, as well as throughout Norfolk over more decades than she probably cares to remember.

She still paints most days and insists she has no plans to hand up her brushes just yet.

'I've been doing it my whole life, ever since I could pick up a paint brush,' she said. 'I'm completely crazy about painting - look at me, I'm three years off 90.' Foam-flecked rolling waves are inspired by her love of the sea and the love of her life, her late husband Murray.


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'I married a sailor,' she said. 'I love the sea, we sailed everywhere.'

Cows frequently feature in her misty landscapes, inspired by nearby vistas like Beacon Hill and a country childhood. In the studio behind her ivy-clad bungalow in Burnham Market, she is putting the finishing touches to a rural scene.

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'I'm going to finish that cow today,' she says. 'I'm going to take that big cow out and put some smaller ones in. I love cows, I'm a country girl, brought up in a village.'

Flowers are another favourite subject. Sunflowers painted with vivid yellow splashes on board layered with hessian almost seem to nod in the breeze coming through the open door of her retreat. Outside, her garden is a riot of colour.

Pamela Noyes's last exhibition will be at the Boathouse, Burnham Overy Staithe, from Saturday, July 16 until Sunday, July 24 (10am - 6pm).

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