Art for the heart

PUBLISHED: 11:59 26 November 2008 | UPDATED: 22:40 15 June 2010

A HONITON artist will be selling off his work in aid of the British Heart Foundation. Darren Parsons, 47, found he had a gift for art after having a back operation, when he was given a pen and paper in hospital and has never looked back.

A HONITON artist will be selling off his work in aid of the British Heart Foundation.Darren Parsons, 47, found he had a gift for art after having a back operation, when he was given a pen and paper in hospital and has never looked back.The father-of-three fully understands the importance of BHF's work, as he had an arterial bypass a couple of years ago.He said: "I am just an ordinary person with a bit of a gift. My paintings were never intended to be sold but a friend suggested that I sell them for charity and I jumped at the chance to help fight heart disease by selling them for the BHF."Hopefully, people will like the art and the funds raised will help those living with the burden and pain of heart disease."The 30 oil paintings that will be up for sale, will be available to view at the Volunteer Inn, in Honiton, from 11am on Monday, December 1.The auction itself is set to take place on Thursday, December 4, at 8pm.Mr Parsons said the paintings are in various styles, which he describes as "from Picasso to Renoir".A spokesman for BHF said: "Heart and circulatory disease is the UK's number one killer and claims almost 600 lives every day. It can affect anyone, young or old, male or female, and it is events like this auction that help the BHF fund research, education and life-saving equipment to help heart patients.


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