Pride as Queen potrait goes on display

A PROUD artist has been given the honour of exhibiting his portrait of the Queen at tomorrow's Sandringham Flower Show.Dick Wolsey has used a mixture of styles to create the one-metre-square portrait, which is the centrepiece of his collection of 15 paintings to be on display at the event.

A PROUD artist has been given the honour of exhibiting his portrait of the Queen at tomorrow's Sandringham Flower Show.

Dick Wolsey has used a mixture of styles to create the one-metre-square portrait, which is the centrepiece of his collection of 15 paintings to be on display at the event.

His three works with a royal theme also feature a portrait of Prince Charles and a painting of the back terrace of Sandringham House, which will be shown alongside landscapes of Norfolk and Suffolk.

Mr Wolsey, of Worlingham, near Beccles, is a 51-year-old former Norfolk police officer who was involved with policing at Sandringham and will return to the show for the third consecutive year as an artist.


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He based the painting, using acrylic and oil on canvas, on a photograph he took at a reunion, hosted by the Queen, of police officers who were familiar faces at Sandringham at one time.

'I took it while she was having a conversation,' he said. 'It's very simple but I thought: 'That's charming.'

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Mr Wolsey said his portrait of the Queen mixed abstract with realism, and added: 'It's not a direct lift from the original image. I'm pleased with how it has turned out.' Describing his style, he said: 'It's expression-istic: it's got a life and a style. I like the use of colour: bright and bold and happy.'

He said his royal portraits had previously been given a good reception. 'This will equally stop people in their tracks. I'm fairly confident people will warm to it.'

Mr Wolsey, who has to fit his passion around working full-time at his job in health and safety at Norfolk Constabulary, only produced his first painting in 2006, since when he has become a prolific painter.

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