Edwin still brushing up on his skills at 84

Edwin Wraith, who is exhibiting his work in early July
Edwin Wraith, who is exhibiting his work in early July
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ARTY Edwin Wraith has launched his latest exhibition of paintings – at the age of 84.

Edwin Wraith paints landscapes and the occasional seascape, using oils and acrylics.

Now 21 of his paintings – which range from scenes of the Derbyshire countryside to the stunning vistas of Tuscany in Italy – have gone on show.

Edwin has painted for more than 30 years, after taking up the pastime as a hobby to keep him occupied after an accident.

He said: “I started when I was 52. I broke my ankle and was just sitting in a chair, so I started sketching, which led on to oil painting.

“People have asked me where I trained, but I never had any formal training at all. But the urge was always there.”

Edwin’s first exhibition was in a school close to his home in Brinsworth, Rotherham, after his talent was spotted by a teacher there. But his works have since been on display in galleries in Sheffield and libraries across South Yorkshire.

Paintings sold at previous exhibitions now hang on walls as far afield as Norfolk and even France.

Edwin, of Pringle Road, said he also got his name into the book Who’s Who in Art earlier this year.

His latest exhibition runs until Monday August 15 at Rotherham Central Library on Walker Place.