Dream comes true with first art exhibition

Dream come true ' self-taught artist David Tibbs with his one-man exhibition. SG030515-174TW
Dream come true ' self-taught artist David Tibbs with his one-man exhibition. SG030515-174TW

A man living with the heartbreak of losing his wife has found a new meaning to life after realising a long cherished dream.

At the age of 70, David Tibbs 
has held his first-ever one-man art exhibition and sold 11 pictures – including a 
couple he completed almost 50 years ago.

It meant so much to me and it gave me a meaning to life – a hope, if you like, that there is a life for me.

Artist David Tibbs

David lost his wife, Caroline (60), seven months ago following a long illness.

To spare him the pain, Caroline organised her own funeral service and it was then that the Rev Rosamund Seal, Vicar of All Saints’ Church, Holbeach, discovered David was an artist with a burning desire to have a solo exhibition.

David said: “About six weeks after Caroline died, the vicar came round and said ‘you had better get painting, I have set up the exhibition for you that you have always wanted’.

“All I had to do was turn up and put the pictures up.”

David’s church hall exhibition was one of the attractions at the Holbeach Community Flower Festival.

He said: “It meant so much to me and it gave me a meaning to life – a hope, if you like, that there is a life for me.”

David remembers his first drawing when he was about seven, a picture of a toy submarine, but he took up drawing and painting as a hobby when he was in his late teens.

He’s sold pictures privately over the years and taken part in multi-artist exhibitions, but his one-man show has given the self-taught artist a new lease of life and a determination to try his hand at watercolours as well as oils.

David, who lives in Holbeach Hurn, trained as a bench joiner and worked in the building trade.