It was when walking into their farmhouse by the back door in the mid-1960s that Marjorie Blamey caught sight of a clematis and thought: “I’d like to paint that.” On a whim, she got out her daughter’s paintbox and had a go. Unsatisfied with the initial results, she bought some watercolours and sable brushes and tried again. And again.

At the age of 48, Blamey’s chance encounter with a member of the buttercup family changed her life. Not long afterwards the dairy farmer’s wife and mother of four entered her watercolours in the Cornwall Spring Flower Show at Truro.

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