Maria’s art gallery puts RNLI crew in the frame for Lifeboat Week

PROFESSIONAL artist Maria Barbashina is applying the final touches to portraits of 25 members of the RNLI crew of Lyme Regis lifeboat – just in time for the town’s Lifeboat Week.

The portraits will be hanging in the boathouse at the lifeboat station on the Cobb.

Russian-born Maria has just one more portrait to complete before Lifeboat Week which starts this Saturday (July 24).

She said: “The crew were all very patient during each sitting which took around 90 minutes and I am delighted with the result.”

Since starting the portrait project, Maria, 38, has joined the lifeboat team herself as shore crew and has ambitions to progress to a sea-going member of the volunteer crew.

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