Check out Suffolk artist’s paintings of landmarks including the Woodbridge Tide Mill, Southwold lighthouse and Aldeburgh’s Moot Hall

Artist Tom Ambridge with one of his paintings on show at Woodbridge Library. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Artist Tom Ambridge with one of his paintings on show at Woodbridge Library. Picture: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Gregg Brown

A Suffolk artist whose attention to fine detail has earned him the title of “bricklayer” is exhibiting a selection of his most recent work – mainly depicting well known county scenes.

Woodbridge Shire Hall by Tom Ambridge. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Woodbridge Shire Hall by Tom Ambridge. Picture: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Gregg Brown

Tom Ambridge’s watercolour paintings feature notable Suffolk landmarks including the Tide Mill, Shire Hall and Seckford Almshouses in Woodbridge, as well as Aldeburgh’s Moot Hall, Southwold’s lighthouse and Willy Lott’s Cottage in Flatford.

Seckford Almshouses by Tom Ambridge. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Seckford Almshouses by Tom Ambridge. Picture: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Gregg Brown

The work, which also includes a variety of abstract designs created using computer software, is on display at Woodbridge Library all this month.

Southwold Lighthouse by Tom Ambridge. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Southwold Lighthouse by Tom Ambridge. Picture: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Gregg Brown

Having enjoyed drawing as a youngster, Mr Ambridge said he returned to art as a retirement hobby with Woodbridge Art Club.

Woodbridge Tide Mill by Tom Ambridge. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Woodbridge Tide Mill by Tom Ambridge. Picture: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Gregg Brown

Although his more recent works are watercolours, he has also explored other media including monochrome portraits inspired by the pencil painting technique of fellow club member Rosario Zinna.

The 'Bridewell' in Woodbridge by Tom Ambridge. Picture: GREGG BROWN

The 'Bridewell' in Woodbridge by Tom Ambridge. Picture: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Gregg Brown


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His former occupation as an engineer and scientist is said to have influenced his approach, which has generally involved incorporating fine detail, earning him a reputation at the club as “the bricklayer”.

The 'Anchor corner' in Woodbridge by Tom Ambridge. Picture: GREGG BROWN

The 'Anchor corner' in Woodbridge by Tom Ambridge. Picture: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Gregg Brown

To contact Mr Ambridge visit his website or ask staff at the library.

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