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David Hoult from Lowton with all the artworks he has painted at home during lockdown, and which he is now selling to raise money for good causes

David’s lockdown hobby raises cash for good causes

by gemmamelling

When lockdown helped him rekindle a love for painting, David Hoult from Lowton decided he would put his talent to a good cause.

Having picked up his brushes for the first time in a while, David found himself passing the time at home painting a number of acrylic works on canvas – and started selling them in the hope of raising money for three very good causes.

Since then, he’s painted and sold more than 100 pieces of original artwork – and smashed his own £1,000 target. In fact, he’s now raised an incredible £1,620 for Wigan and Leigh Hospice, Wigan & Leigh Hospital and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Painting by Lowton artist David Hoult

By David Hoult

But he isn’t going to stop there – David has now set himself a new target of £2,000 – and is hoping that more people will support him by buying a painting.

Support David’s pop up art sale!

David is currently exhibiting his artwork in his garden and garage – and all are welcome to come and take a look! You’ll find him at 3 Cranham Avenue, Lowton – pop by and say hello! You might even find a new piece of art for your home – and they’re priced from just £10.

Painting by Lowton artist David Hoult

By David Hoult

Retired David, from Cranham Avenue in Lowton, is usually busy working as a volunteer – either at Wigan Infirmary or at Dunham Massey as a gardener. In the first lockdown, he wasn’t able to do either, but is now back once a fortnight at the National Trust and has been helping over the phone with the hospital.

“I painted a bit when I was younger, but I didn’t have much time for it until I retired. And then I started in the voluntary roles, so I hadn’t done it for a while,” David explained.

“Since lockdown its almost become an addiction – and strangely, I’ve been painting a lot of animals, which I’ve never done before.”

And David, a former Trustee of the Wigan & Leigh Carers Centre, has been resourceful – when it was difficult to get hold of new canvases during the height of the first lockdown, he recycled old ones and even tried painting some pieces on cardboard.

Painting by Lowton artist David Hoult

By David Hoult

Buy a piece of David’s art

All David’s art is posted to his Instagram page – art.bydave – where you can look at his latest pieces and put in an offer to buy one. Suggested prices start at only £10 for a smaller work or £20 for a large, so it’s a great way for you to get hold of original art – and support good causes at the same time!

In fact, this isn’t the first time David has used his artistic skills for good – since retiring 10 years ago he has sold a few of his works at the Infirmary Arts for Health exhibitions at the Wigan hospital, too.

Painting by Lowton artist David Hoult

By David Hoult

We think you’ve done brilliantly, David!

We can’t wait for the next front garden art exhibition. Watch this space for details!