AN ARTIST from Hammersmith is hoping to draw the crowds when he hosts a charity exhibition next month.
For only his second oil painting display, 70-year-old Tom McCulough will invite people to the communal area of Riverside Gardens to view and buy pieces from his extensive collection.
Any money raised will go to Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Mr McCulough has always been an avid sketcher and drawer, but it was only when he moved into the sheltered housing block six years ago that he found he had an eye for colour.
His first exhibition raised an impressive £2,000 for the Irish Cultural Centre in Blacks Road.
He said: “I’d been mostly drawing for years but decided to take up oil painting when I moved here.
“I’m very inspired by the Italian renaissance and when I do paint I tend to work on several pieces at a time. Certain oil paintings take ages, so I’ll start them and move on to something else while I’m waiting to do the layers.
“Sometimes I’ll be working all day and night and can’t stop and then other times I won’t do anything at all.
“It all depends on when I get inspired.”
The artist, who moved to Hammersmith in the mid-1970s, takes his inspiration from all around, particularly the people enjoying nearby Furnivall Gardens.
He was encouraged to exhibit his work by housing officer Majid Butt, who discovered Mr McCulough’s flat was filled with paintings.
Initially they only planned to show the work to residents, but quickly realised it could be a good opportunity to raise money for charity.
Other tenants will help out during the two-week exhibition, which will be the first of its kind held in sheltered housing.
“I like the idea of it being the first,” said the painter. “Hopefully off the back of this, I’ll be able to do another one in the summer with a few new pieces.
“I can’t put a value on a painting or a drawing, but I’m hoping other people will so we can raise some money for a decent cause.”
The free exhibition will run from Friday, March 2 to Friday, March 16 at 200/201 Riverside Gardens, Hammersmith.