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Unique autobiography includes artist's final works

PUBLISHED: 14:22 08 September 2010

Author and artist Lynne Walden has created a unique autobiography through poetry and paintings

Author and artist Lynne Walden has created a unique autobiography through poetry and paintings

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A unique autobiography, produced through paintings and poetry, will be the author's last work as failing eyesight has forced her to give up her craft.

Lynne Walden, 71, of Mead Road, Gravesend, is launching her book My Life in Naive Art and Poetry next Friday, a collection of 65 paintings and poems which took nine years to complete.

The grandmother-of-three revealed the process was made much harder when she developed macular degeneration in 2005, reducing her sight so badly she can no longer see her work.

She said: “It started about halfway through the book - you can probably tell as the paintings get worse. It is frustrating because I can’t read my own book now it is complete.”

“It was extremely hard but having got so far I was determined to finish.”

Her eyesight deteriorated so badly she was forced to work with a bright light and magnifying glass to be able to follow what she was creating.

Beginning with her childhood in South London, the book progresses through her training as a nurse, marriage and the birth of her three children, moving to Gravesend in 1967 and spending her later years working at Singlewell Post Office.

She said: “You get all these biography’s of famous people, I wanted to make one of an ordinary person. There is one poem and painting of the children chasing dad into the paddling pool. I think it will be stories like that people will read and remind them of something similar in their lives.”

The self-published 200 books went on sale at the exhibition of Gravesend Art Group last week, the group that first inspired Mrs Walden to pick up the paint brush, and she will hold an open day at her home next Friday from 6 to 9pm to launch it officially.

To find out more call her on 01474 362439

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