Norfolk artist Graham Lain is celebrating his 85th birthday with his first solo exhibition for five years, starting on Friday. Here, he explains how his love of the Norfolk coast and countryside influences his work
Graham Lain turns 85 later this month and for the best part of the past 75 years he has enjoyed painting. He spent his working life as an architectural technician and his eye for perspective and accuracy is reflected in the detailed, but fluid, watercolours he creates. Much of Graham’s work concentrates on the Norfolk countryside, where he lives with his wife Betty and dog Susie but travels further afield have provided inspiration for paintings too.
‘I started painting when I was only 10 years old and feel fortunate to have found a hobby as a child which I still enjoy today,’ says Graham. ‘The Norfolk coast and countryside has such a special quality, with its wide, open skies, but we’re also blessed with wonderful villages and towns with a range of inspiring architecture.
‘When working on a painting I always try to spot the small details in a familiar landscape that people might miss. Whilst many of my subjects are well-loved locations, I aim to look at them with a fresh eye to create an image that people will enjoy for many years to come.’
A member of the prestigious Society of Graphic Fine Art, Graham’s work was featured in the Society’s ‘100 Years’ celebratory almanac in 2019.
An exhibition of watercolours by Graham Lain runs from Friday 15 September to Sunday 17 September at Spooner Row Church, Station Rd, Spooner Row, Wymondham, NR18 9AH. The exhibition runs from from 12pm to 5pm on Friday 15th September and 10am to 5pm on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September. There will be framed paintings, limited edition prints and a range of cards on sale. Entry is free and you can also grab a tea or coffee for a donation to the church.