Self-taught artist stages his first exhibition — at 71

ARTISTIC FLAIR -- Barry Woodfield with his exhibition at Hucknall Library
ARTISTIC FLAIR -- Barry Woodfield with his exhibition at Hucknall Library

A VETERAN artist who taught himself to paint is enjoying a brush with the spotlight by staging his first-ever exhibition.

Barry Woodfield (71), who was born and bred in Hucknall, has been painting as a part-time hobby for more than 15 years.

But when a long-running shoulder-injury meant he had to give up his favourite pastime of swimming, he turned more and more to the easel.

Now he has put together a collection of 38 paintings that are currently on show at Hucknall Library on Market Place.

He said: “It’s hard to believe that the paintings on the wall are mine.

“I have always enjoyed painting but I have never had a lesson. I am completely self-taught. I’ve only taken it seriously recently but it has become a real passion.”

Barry, who is a great-grandad, was born on the former Truman Street and lived in Hucknall until he was 59. He now lives on Cross Lane in Huthwaite.

During his working life, he spent 24 years at Hucknall No.2 Colliery.

It was as a result of years of labour at the pits that Barry developed his shoulder injury.

Before the pain became too great, he used to swim six times a week, covering a total of 12 miles.

Now he hopes the exhibition will go swimmingly. Among his paintings on show at the library are watercolours, pastels and a few oils. Subjects are wide-ranging — from landscapes to wildlife, including elephants.

There are also eight pieces created by his wife, Lynne (60).

All the paintings are for sale and the exhibition is running until Saturday March 5.