Blind Solihull artist turns work into t-shirts for RNIB - The Solihull Observer

Blind Solihull artist turns work into t-shirts for RNIB

Solihull Editorial 16th Aug, 2021   0

A SOLIHULL artist has created a range of t-shirts in aid of the Royal National Institute of Blind People.

Harry Boddington, who is registered blind decided to start painting again after moving into a retirement complex as a way to keep active.

The 84-year-old has been creating pictures that will be printed on t-shirts and sold with all the proceeds going to RNIB.

He draws whatever inspires him and is currently completing around one piece of artwork a week.

The dad of four also takes commissions and some of his previous work includes pictures of dogs, horses, and a desert scene.

Harry said: “I draw whatever comes to my mind, although I especially love painting faces. I have received support from RNIB and wanted to give something back and thought that my paintings would be a good way of doing this. I hope to raise as much as I can.”

Harry’s son, Chris helped his dad get a website set up to sell the t-shirts – it went live on Monday (August 16) which would have been his wedding anniversary.

Harry was married to Eileen for almost 60 years when she passed away four years ago.

Chris said: “Dad recently moved into a new apartment and loves where he lives.

“He’s very independent and since losing mum his painting has really given him a new lease of life.

“Dad loves to make people happy, and his catchphrase is ‘Keep On Smiling’ so we hope his t-shirts will help people to do just that.”

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