Ann L Roe  SWAc

Sir Patrick Moore FRS

Chelsea Pensioners

Ali Bongo late president of the Magic Circle

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The moon will never quite look the same again.
Although deeply saddened to hear the news of Sir Patrick’s passing, I will always be reminded of how fortunate I was some years ago, to have spent some time with him in the music room of his Sussex home.
I managed to paint two oil portraits, one of Sir Patrick and his beloved cat Jeannie and another of Jeannie on her own.
This latter portrait of Jeannie, he graciously accepted as an 85th birthday gift and it was later to be seen hanging on the music room wall during the filming of one of the Sky at Night television episodes.

Sir Patrick was one of life’s characters and a man with strongly held views. He will be sorely missed by millions of television viewers and friends all over the world. I was so pleased and privileged to have met him in person.

The portrait of the three Chelsea Pensioners – Bob, Michael and Fred – is on permanent display in the foyer of the New Infirmary building of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. We were sad to learn of Fred Bland’s passing. He was incredibly proud of the portrait and I hope this will give some comfort to his family and friends.

South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts
Check their website early in the New Year for details of the 2013 Open and Academicians exhibitions.
To see some of my portraits on the SWAC website scroll down first to Academicians and then to Ann L Roe SWAC.

The portrait of Ali Bongo hangs in the Clubroom of the Magic Circle in Stephensons Way, London and a Giclee print of the Ali portrait is at The Magic Castle in California.

My recent portrait of magician and writer Richard Kaufman – editor of The Genii magazine - has now found its home in the USA. See the SWAC website mentioned above.

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