ARTIST David Collis put his work on show for the first time in Bognor Regis.
David was among the 15 members of CANCreate who took part in the group’s initial exhibition.
The three-day event last week at the Regis Centre featured 60-70 paintings.
David, 59, of Longford Road, said: “It’s breathtaking to see my paintings on show. I’m surprised because I didn’t expect to be doing this at all.”
David joined CANCreate, run by Bognor Community Action Network at the youth and community centre on Westloats Lane, about six months ago.
He said painting helped to lessen his depression.
“It takes my mind off things. I concentrate better because I’m just thinking about the painting rather than anything else.”
He had seven acrylic-on-canvas works, measuring 23cm X 30cm, on show. They included Water Lily and Brooklyn Bridge.
Carol Fullick, Bognor CAN’s development manager, said CANCreate began last December to reduce social isolation among the over-50s.
“It boosts their confidence and self-esteem through creativity,” she said.
The exhibition was opened by the high sheriff of West Sussex, Jonathan Lucas, who praised it.