Maria art gallery puts Lyme Regis RNLI crew in the frame for Lifeboat Week
Professional artist Maria Barbashina is applying the final touches to portraits of 25 members of the RNLI crew of Lyme Regis lifeboat...just in time for the town's Lifeboat Week.
Russian- born artist Maria has just one more portrait to complete before Lifeboat Week which starts this Saturday. July 24th.
She said:"The crew were very patient during each portrait sitting which took about 90 minutes. and I am delighted with the results."
Maria has now joined the lifeboat team as shore crew and has ambitions to progress to a sea-going member of the volunteer crew.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.