Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

It's All Going at a Rate of Knots; A Sketch of a Lifeboat Led Artist Charles Evans on to Greater Things, as DAVID WHETSTONE Finds Out

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

It's All Going at a Rate of Knots; A Sketch of a Lifeboat Led Artist Charles Evans on to Greater Things, as DAVID WHETSTONE Finds Out

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IF you work in an office or miles from the coast it is easy to forget that we are an island nation and plenty of our fellow citizens regularly find themselves in peril on the sea.

Charles Evans, who lives not far from the sea in Northumberland, got a reminder of this with a watercolour painting of a lifeboat.

It appeared in the August edition of Culture magazine, published free every month with The Journal, and became a bit of a sensation on social media.

One painting led to another and another... and may yet lead to another as Charles responds to the widespread interest in his depictions of lifeboats and his mounting admiration for their crews of volunteers.

Beginning at the beginning, he recalls: "I was leading a painting group in Amble and the Humber and the Hartlepool lifeboats were both up on the chocks in the boatyard getting repaired.

"It was quite an amazing sight. The first painting I did of the Hartlepool lifeboat was in the last Culture magazine and I found everyone was talking about it.

"On Twitter the picture got more than 500 retweets but people were also sending messages or coming up to talk about it."

The response got Charles thinking that he would do something for the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution).

"The thing is, we live in the North East and we've got sea all along one side of us.

"Many of us see it all the time and it's easy to take it for granted. But these guys (the lifeboat crews) are out there all the time saving people's lives... and they're all volunteers."

Charles, who spends much of his time hosting painting masterclasses around the country, says the first painting sparked plenty of comment among his masterclass pupils.

"It's amazing how many people have come up to me and said they were rescued or picked up or towed in by the RNLI. …

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