Artist Maria puts Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat crew in the picture

Lifeboats News Release

A Russian-born artist based in Lyme Regis has launched a portrait painting project involving nearly thirty members of the town’s volunteer lifeboat crew.


The portrait of Nick Marks, volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager

Maria Barbashina, 38, offered to paint the portraits, and some 26 crew members have volunteered for a 90 minute sitting.

Maria, who trained as an artist in Russia from the age of 12, specialises in portraits and still life.

Her first lifeboat crew subject was volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager Nick Marks and he was followed by sea-going crew members including senior helm Tim Edwards.

Maria said:

'I enjoy a challenge and like to choose subjects who I feel play an important role in local life.

'I hope my portraits will help to promote the volunteer duties of the RNLI in Lyme Regis.

'I also find this sort of project a very nice way to meet new and interesting people.'

Nick Marks said:

'It’s a great project which Maria has offered us and one day we may have a display of the portraits in the lifeboat station.'



Artist Maria at work with crew member Tom Wallis


The portrait of senior helm Tim Edwards


The portrait of helm Brain Street

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