Bognor Regis artwork to raise money for Cancer Research UK

Ted Bell with Daddy's Fishing by Elaine Morgan
Ted Bell with Daddy's Fishing by Elaine Morgan

A LATE Bognor Regis artist’s talents are helping to raise money for cancer.

Five paintings by Elaine Morgan have gone on show at the town’s Cloudhopper Gallery in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Her partner, Ted Bell, has put the watercolours on sale for £150 each.

The paintings depict Tenerife from the 20 years Elaine lived on the island.

They are titled Gomera From The Rocks, Daddy’s Fishing, Summer’s End, Shades of Evening and Masca, Tenerife.

Ted said: “It’s marvellous to see Elaine’s paintings on display. They bring back memories of her.

“She was a very sociable character. We spent 13 happy years together.

“She left a lot of paintings. I thought it would be a good idea to sell some of her paintings for cancer research.

“Cloudhopper was having this exhibition and they kindly agreed I could display some of Elaine’s paintings.”

Elaine died from cancer 18 months ago, aged 83.

She had moved to Marine Drive West in 1999 from Tenerife.

She and Ted met through a national newspaper’s dating columns and found they had enjoyed parallel lives.

“We had both been married before and our partners died in 1997.

“We were both born in Sheffield, we both served in the RAF, we both moved around the country and we had both worked at Bristol University.

“Elaine was a dental hygienist and I was an assistant registrar,” said Ted, 89, of Marine Drive West.

Elaine only began to paint when she was 60 but she proved a natural in front of an easel.

In Tenerife, she led a walking group and an art group which is still going and used her knowledge of the island to find the perfect scenery for her paintings.

The current Open Christmas exhibition at the gallery in the High Street ends on December 20.

The gallery re-opens on January 13 for its Affordable Art exhibition.