08:00AM, Wednesday 12 August 2015
A Windsor artist was chosen from more than 14,000 entries to be included in an exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts.
Andy Finlay, of Ward Royal, has been included in the summer exhibition 2015 in Burlington Gardens in London, which finishes on Sunday.
Andy, 51, took up painting in 2010 after not picking up a paintbrush since he was at school more than 30 years before.
He joined a small art class in Ealing before going on to get a distinction in an art foundation course at Kensington and Chelsea College of Art and is now doing a degree in fine art at Westminster University.
Andy made it through the four stages of judging to have his art in the exhibition, which he has been visiting for the past ten years.
"I was over the moon to just get through the first level,” he said. “That was my initial goal."
Andy creates white landscapes which are painted in oil paint onto white canvases, using the texture of the paint and brush strokes to create a subtle image.
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