A LYME Regis artist has launched a portrait-painting project involving nearly 30 members of the town’s voluntary lifeboat crew.
Maria Barbashina, 38, offered to paint the portraits and some 26 crew members have volunteered for a 90 minute sitting.
Maria, who trained as an artist in Russia from the age of 12, specialises in portraits and still life.
Her first lifeboat crew subject was volunteer operations manager Nick Marks and he was followed by sea-going crew members, including senior helm Tim Edwards.
Maria said: “I enjoy a challenge and like to choose subjects who I feel play an important role in local life.
“I hope my portraits will help to promote the volunteer duties of the RNLI in Lyme Regis.
“I also find this sort of project a very nice way to meet new and interesting people.
Nick Marks said: “It’s a great project which Maria has offered us and one day we may have a display of the portraits in the lifeboat station.”