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Painter captures Norfolk's Broads from his sailing boat

PUBLISHED: 12:00 25 March 2011

Artist Patrick Boswell painting views of Norwich from his boat on the river.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Artist Patrick Boswell painting views of Norwich from his boat on the river. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

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He has already captured the region's coastline and painted a comprehensive survey of Norwich and now Patrick Boswell has now set up his easel on his sailing boat to turn his attention to Norfolk's Broads.

The award-winning oil painter this week started work on his third book which will feature dozens of paintings of the nationally recognised wetlands.

As part of his quest to cover all 125 miles of the county’s navigable waterways, he will be painting from his 14ft dinghy “Wings” on the water or by the water’s edge.

This week, the married 68-year-old, who lives in Wymondham, could be seen in the middle of the River Wensum in Norwich painting, capturing the city’s heritage and architecture.

It is expected that the project will take up to 18 months to complete.

“With more than 100 miles of waterways to cover, there’s a lot to cover,” said Mr Boswell, who was an art dealer until 18 years ago when he turned full time painter.

“I wanted to start in Norwich because I’m interested in the city and its architecture. It seemed like a good place to start.”

Mr Boswell’s first book, Boswell’s Norwich, featured 78 oil paintings showing scenes from around Norwich together with diary entries and sketches from along the way.

His second, Boswell’s Coast, saw him journey from Aldeburgh to King’s Lynn, setting up his easel in little known villages and beaches along the way. The collection featured some 84 oil paintings and more than 40 drawings.

The father-of-two paints on the spot and each painting takes up to four hours. His love for the water inspired him to paint the Norfolk Broads.

Mr Boswell, whose family can trace their links to the city’s painters back to the days of the Norwich School of artists, said: “From a child, I’ve always spent time at the Broads and I’ve been sailing on the Broads all my life so it seemed fitting that my next book should be about the waterways.”

To find out more about Mr Boswell and his work, go to www.patrickboswell-artist.co.uk

Are you helping to promote Norwich and Norfolk? Call reporter Kate Scotter on 01603 772326 or email kate.scotter@archant.co.uk

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