STRIKING paintwork from a Somerset man who rediscovered his love of art after a 50- year hiatus, goes on display at Burnham’s Arts Lounge from Tuesday.

John Abraham creates “experimental” artworks “of impressionistic yachts, water and nice skies”.

John started painting as a teenager in Northampton, part-time at art school.

Then life got in the way.

He met his future wife, trained as an engineering draughtsman at his father’s behest, and “went on with his life”.

When Beverley, his current partner, unearthed his hidden talent, she booked him onto an intensive short course in painting last May.

He’s now had a stream of exhibitions, including as a featured artist at Wiveliscombe’s 10Parishes Festival, and at Musgrove Park Hospital’s gallery, where “thousands were exposed to my work every day”.

“This is why I’m keen on the Princess’ show,” said John, from near Wellington.

“People who may have an interest in theatre and those simply coming to the Arts Lounge for a coffee, will get to see my work.

I like the idea of a rolling exhibition where each artist is there for three weeks but staggered.”

See John Abraham’s work at Burnham’s Princess Art Lounge between 10am to 3pm, Tuesday to Saturday.

‘Meet the artist’ is on Saturdays from noon until 3pm.