Watercolour demonstration by former firefighter

©James Merriott©James Merriott

Firefighter-turned-artist James Merriott will be giving a demonstration of painting seascapes using watercolours at Wanstead House this month.

"James [whose career in the London Fire Brigade was cut short with the onset of arthritis in 1971] usually paints on location and believes the success of his work lies in his speed of application, which gives a simplicity and spontaneity to his paintings," said a spokesperson for the Essex Art Club, which will be hosting the event on 23 April from 2.30pm (visitors: £5).

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