Margarita puts herself in the picture in her 90s

Artist Margarita Dorrity with some of her work.
Artist Margarita Dorrity with some of her work.

ONE of the oldest painters in the region is putting herself in the picture with an exhibition of her handiwork next month.

Margarita Dorrity, aged 96, will display 40 of her paintings at the Hastings Art Forum in Marina, St Leonards.

The sprightly pensioner has been painting all of her life having started at school in the 1920s.

Born and raised in Palmers Green, London during the First World War, Margarita had private painting lessons before going on to the Hornsey School of Art in Crouch End in the 1930s.

In 1912 her father Edward Potts won a bronze medal at the Olympic Games held in Stockholm.

During the Second World War, Margarita worked as a stretcher bearer.

She married in 1943 and after the war moved to Birmingham and then to Stratford-upon-Avon where she was working almost as a full-time painter.

After retiring in the 1970s she moved down to St Leonards and now lives in Albany Road.

Margarita went back to her first love and took up painting again.

An exhibition of her work will be held at the forum from August 2 to 14.

Margarita has chosen just 40 paintings and drawings from her art portfolio for display. They will cost between £90 to £400 and feature portraits in charcoal, watercolour, landscapes, oils and abstracts done with a palette knife. Margarita said: “I have painted all my life and loved every minute of it.

“I suppose you could call me a professional because I spent so much time doing it.

“I love painting in all forms and I have done many interesting ones over the years. I don’t really have a favourite.

“I am looking forward to showing off my work. But I can’t be the oldest person painting in Hastings – there must be some painter out there who is older than me.”

Margarita’s exhibition is at the Hastings Art Forum, 36 Marina, St Leonards and is open 11am to 5pm, seven day a week. For further information call 01424 201636 or visit www.hastingsartsforum.co.uk.