A WHITBY pensioner, who has only been painting for five years, is gaining a huge following among her own personal heroes.
Cricket fan Kathryn Davenport, of Royal Crescent, has presented a portrait of legendary Yorkshire umpire Dickie Bird to the man himself, to help raise funds for the Dickie Bird Foundation.
The former Barclays bank employee said: “I can’t believe it, I love cricket and Dickie is lovely, he was over the moon.
“It all seems to be taking off from nothing.
“I never thought that when I got to 60 I would be doing this.”
Each painting takes around two weeks to complete, and although Dickie Bird will keep the original, limited edition prints will be sold to raise funds for the foundation, which helps disadvantaged young people participate in sport.
Kathryn visited Yorkshire county Cricket Club’s headquarters at Headingley in November to hand over the portrait.
She has also recently completed an action portrait of Yorkshire cricketer Ajmal Shahzad, which was gifted to the club, and signed limited edition prints of this painting will be sold to raise funds for the cricket club.
Kathryn added: “My partner Philip Dunn has been the one who’s opening these doors for me, he has been a star.”
The artist is currently preparing portraits of other players and well-known Yorkshire legends.
She has also produced a version of Nathaniel Dance’s famous portrait of Captain Cook, which she donated to the Rotary Club in Whitby.