A CARE home has decided to launch a free art exhibition inspired by a well-known artist who is now living in the home.

Richard Gilmore Douglas, originally from Thirsk, is one of the foremost living painters of Methodist founder John Wesley and is known for his artwork depicting eighteenth century scenes.

He began painting when he went to work as a missionary in Namibia, Africa at the age of 20, where he became a local Methodist preacher and drew scenes from John Wesley's writings on his evenings. After 13 years in South-West Africa, he returned to England and took up a post at Eskdale School in Whitby, teaching religion and art.

On his retirement, Mr Douglas became a full-time artist.

Now the 79-year-old artist is a resident at Barchester Mount Vale Care Home in Northallerton and staff, inspired by their resident, have decided to stage an art exhibition in the historic home.

The free exhibition on March 19 will include Mr Douglas’ artwork, but is also open to amateur and professional artists and photographers from the region.

Rebecca Clark, activities co-ordinator at the home, said: “It’s such a beautiful building and it would be lovely to decorate it with artwork.

“It will be open to absolutely anybody who just wants to show their work and a free event for the community.”

The exhibition, at the home on Yafforth Road in Northallerton, will run from 10am until 4pm and will be followed by refreshments. Any artists wishing to take part can contact the care home on 01609-775444 or email; Rebecca.clark@barchester.com or helen.lewis@barchester.com