Picture perfect for cancer research

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A Kirriemuir pharmacist has swapped pills and potions for paint brushes and pastels to help raise funds for her Relay for Life team, writes Janet Thomson.

Tracy Henderson will spend her 50th birthday taking part in the 24-hour relay walk at the Kirriemuir showground at East Muirhead of Logie on August 13 and 14.

She formed part of a team two years ago with her friend Glynis Cameron, also from Kirriemuir, but this year the duo have entered their own team to help raise funds for Cancer Research U.K.

To date their “Auld Stiffies” team comprises Tracy’s husband and son Ken and Ronald, her sister Dr Anne Curtis from Edinburgh, Glynis’s husband and son Stuart and Fraser, along with Lisa Barclay, Pamela Gibb and Deke Sim.

Each team pledges to raise funds for Cancer Research U.K., with Tracy putting her artistic talents to good use to boost her team’s total.

She has drawn on the skills gained at Helen Whammond’s art classes at Fairlie House in Kirriemuir which she has turned into a hobby.

Away from her day job as pharmacist with Davidsons the Chemist in Alyth, as well as her post graduate studies with the University of Highland and Islands, Tracy finds time to set up her easel and paint a variety of subjects, from wildlife to mountain scenes.

Over the last few years she has gathered an impressive portfolio which has been gifted to family and friends – but she has now decided to offer some of her work for sale.

Samples of her work are now currently on show at Springers Coffee Shop in Castle Street, Forfar where her work is for sale at a minimum price of £5 – and they are selling like hot cakes!

Tracy said: “The pictures have been on display for three weeks and I have sold five pictures.

“All the proceeds will go to the charity, with no reasonable offer being refused.

“I attended the night classes in 2007 and covered oils, collages and pastels and, whilst I stopped going to the classes, I have carried on with some of the people I met and still paint as a hobby.

“I do my own thing. I’m not good at drawing people but like copying pictures from wildlife books. I am not an artist but would like to raise about £100 from the sale for the Relay for Life.”

Tracy’s work, which featured in an exhibition at the Meffan last year, adorns one of the walls in Springers Coffee Shop, with owners Damian Bailey and Nigel Dixon supporting her efforts.

Damian said: “We already support Cancer Research U.K. as I have lost family members to cancer.

“There has been a lot of interest in Tracy’s work which we hope to display through to August.”