AN ARTIST has been given permission to take soil from the birthplace of DH Lawrence to paint a portrait of the Eastwood author.
Adrian Lloyd was inspired to start making pigments from soil after hearing tales about his late father being told off as a child for coming home covered in mud.
He said: “I’ve heard the stories of how my dad would be told off because the soil in Kimberley was a red colour and it got me thinking about how I could use it in my art work in some way.
“At that time I’d drawn out a portrait of my daughter and was trying to think of a way to paint it that was a bit unusual so I tried the soil.”
Since then Adrian has used soil in other works.
The former landscape gardener added: “It’s a really nice way to add a personal and sentimental touch to a portrait.
“I’ve painted both my children’s portraits with soil from places I relate to them and that’s the unique thing about the way I work.
“I don’t think there’s any other artist in the world doing the same thing.
“I’m really excited about the DH Lawrence project.”
After injuring his back while working as a landscape gardener Adrian started painting again after 25 years.
He now hopes to take commissions and make a living from the venture.