Coronia is inspiration for artist

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WHEN artist Joy Lomas read in the Evening News that Scarborough’s historic pleasure steamer, the Coronia, had been saved by the town’s MP she felt she had to recognise the occasion.

WHEN artist Joy Lomas read in the Evening News that Scarborough’s historic pleasure steamer, the Coronia, had been saved by the town’s MP she felt she had to recognise the occasion.

She decided to present Robert Goodwill MP with a print from a series of Scarborough paintings which showed the harbour and the historic vessel.

She said: “He’d been to my preview exhibition and he knew my work. When I read about how he’d saved the Coronia I thought ‘what a fantastic thing to do and I’d like to do something as a thank you’.

“It seemed a natural follow on to ask him if he would accept one of my paintings. The Coronia is there alongside the quay.”

Joy describes her work as contemporary realism and she has developed a theme of views observed through glass – in this case the harbour is behind two drinking glasses.

She said: “It’s an idea I first had at university. It is looking through glass at objects – seeing how they are distorted.

- Joy’s work is on display at the Coast Gallery in Cloughton.