A signed painting of Buckingham Palace by artist Nicky Leigh has raised £1,500 for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
The work, called simply Buckingham Palace, was offered in a silent auction by the charity at the Royal Academy of Arts in London on July 16. It was bought for £1,500.
Nicky, 52, who lives in Aldbourne, near Swindon with her husband and three children, said: “I was delighted to see my work displayed alongside that of other exceptional artists, photographers and sculptors. It was wonderful to witness the support for Marie Curie when my own painting went under the hammer. I hope someone enjoys it now as much as I enjoyed creating it.”
Nicky donated the painting to the charity after being approached by a friend who supports their work.
“I had many discussions on what would be an appropriate subject matter, as I had said to them that I would like to paint a picture especially for the auction. We came up with what we thought would strike the right mood of the moment with the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics on our doorstep and we think it did just that.”
Other works in the Marie Curie private sale included works and limited edition prints by artists such as Ken Howard, Dame Elizabeth Blackadder, Paul Rafferty, Norman Ackroyd and Rolf Harris CBE.
Nicky specialises in interpreting the architecture of buildings, streets or landscapes using colour. Her national profile is growing as artist in residence for upmarket coffee chain Caffe Fratelli and as a partner artist for online site thescootergeek.com. Previously she was artist in residence at Drove Primary School in Swindon.
Locally some of her work will be on display at the Memorial Hall in Aldbourne on Saturday July 28 as part of an exhibition of The Aldbourne Artists. The event will run from 9am to 4pm with a £2 admission fee.
Follow Nicky on Twitter @NickyLeigh60 or via her website www.nickyleigh.co.uk