Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Our Own Old Master; Artist Still Painting as He Reaches 100

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Our Own Old Master; Artist Still Painting as He Reaches 100

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Byline: By Paul Loraine

THERE is just no stopping John Main. For more than 50 years he has been a passionate painter, capturing scenes all over the region.

And now, on his 100th birthday and despite serious problems with his sight, he is still an active member of a North-East arts club.

Mr Main, who lives by himself in Wallsend, was one of the founders of the town's Buddle Arts Club when it was established 30 years ago.

He turns 100 today and is now the club's oldest member. He is determined not to let his impaired vision frustrate his artistic efforts.

"I find it very difficult to paint now because I can't see the colours when I'm mixing paint," he said.

"I do a lot in black and white now with Indian ink, using a magnifying glass.

"I go once a week to the club and it still gives me tremendous satisfaction."

Having been in the Royal Navy during his early adult years, Mr Main has stayed extremely active throughout his life. …

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