Tributes paid to Lyme Regis artist

PUBLISHED: 09:41 07 January 2015

Edna Dorrington who has died while on a trip to Australia. Photo Peter Wiles

Edna Dorrington who has died while on a trip to Australia. Photo Peter Wiles

Peter Wiles

Town mourns talented local painter Edna Dorrington, 80, who has died while on holiday in Australia

One of Edna Dorrington's paintings of the Cobb at Lyme RegisOne of Edna Dorrington's paintings of the Cobb at Lyme Regis

Tributes have been paid to a much-loved talented painter who brought an infectious enthusiasm to the hugely popular art scene in Lyme Regis

The many friends of Edna Dorrington were shocked and saddened to learn of her death on January 2.

Edna, who celebrated her 80th birthday on Boxing day, died during a Christmas visit to Australia to see her son, Graham, his partner Flavia and grandchildren Corrado and Renzo.

Edna was a teacher, specialising in art in Hertfordshire before moving to Lyme Regis with husband Peter in retirement in 2002.

Sadly, Peter died just two years after moving to Lyme and Edna was soon involved with Artsfest. She once wrote: ’Artsfest was fantastic for me. I met so many people and made friends with so many other artists.’

Edna’s artistic specialism was Monmouth Beach, and she became known as the ‘pebble lady’ admitting to being somewhat obsessed with them. But then she added people to her works. ‘They weren’t real people,’ she said, ‘but a sort of hybrid and a bit of fun.’

Edna was chairman of the Lyme Regis Art Society, played an important part in Artsfest, a member of the Town Mill Arts Guild, and member of other art groups in Lyme, Axminster and Morecombelake. She was also involved with the U3A, the Lyme Regis Society and Lyme’s two twinning associations. She was also a volunteer in the town’s museum shop.

Her paintings hang in many homes in Lyme Regis and further afield.

Edna had two children, Caroline and Graham, and four grandchildren.

Caroline’s children are daughter Sam and the singer songwriter, 24 year old Tom Odell.

Sheila Stratton, Secretary of the Lyme Regis Arts Society, said: “Edna was an enormously talented artist; she touched us with her humility and inspired us with the attitude that if she could do it, so could you. There are many members who will always be grateful for her unconditional friendship, unerring loyalty and unquestioning support.”

Edna’s closest friend and fellow artist Angela Rushforth said: “Edna will be sorely missed by so many.”

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