Doug Hinge is an artist based in Newquay, Cornwall who started his career in the late 1970s with abstract collages, he then moved on to landscapes and seascapes in the 1980s. He continued with these, selling them through his own gallery, from 1982 for many years.
Doug has now gone on to supply several local galleries in Cornwall with his new contemporary style paintings of Cornish harbours and other places.
His new style is quite unique. Paintings with character, boats and buildings in bright cheerful colours, and seagulls with attitude.
Doug said, “These paintings have a sense of humour which should bring a smile to your face and after attending most of Joe’s paddles over the years and seeing how they have grown into this fantastic community event it was a real pleasure to capture this on canvas.”
Local boy Joe Way was born with a rare genetic condition and died on the 7th May 2008 aged 4. He had been labelled a miracle boy after surviving meningitis, a potentially deadly skin reaction SJS, numerous superbugs but finally died of complete organ failure after suffering from Steven Johnson Syndrome for a second time.
Since his death his parents have campaigned tirelessly to raise money for over 20 causes in his name, raising more than £152K for over 20 charities.
The Paddle for Life in partnership with Newquay Towan Blystra Lions Club and Surf Life Saving Cornwall raises money from the paddlers’ entry money, food stalls, drink sales at the rowing club and the prize draw raffle.
Matt Way, Joe’s dad, said; “When I met Doug and saw this amazing piece of art it gave me goosebumps, we are still humbled by the impact Joe’s story has on people and this is another highlight after 12 years of fantastic support.”
Doug’s oil painting is on eBay for the next week and you can bid on it via Newquay Harbour Cornwall Original Oil Painting, with all the money going to various charities.
The paddling starts with the skydive onto Towan beach at 4pm and the last registration for a heat is 6pm so there is plenty of time to arrive when people have finished work, the Joe Way memorial RNLI lifeguard race is just after 7pm. Boards are provided with lots of help from Newquay and Lusty Glaze Surf Life Savers so all you need is your wetsuit!
To get up-to-date news or to find out how to take part, please go to Joe Way Paddle for life 2019.