A Kings Langley artist donated one of her paintings for sale in a silent auction, which took place at the village’s charity shop last month.
Ruby Lewis, 37, donated the painting as a way of supporting both The Hospice of St Francis, where her grandad died in 1997, and the shop in the village where she lives.
The painting, called Reflections, depicts how we see colour and light when it is reflected through a surface like water.
Ruby said: “The painting is quite scientific. It’s about the way we see light and colour when particles of light slow down as they pass through water. Most of my work is very abstract and looks at natural elements, how we react to them and how they can trigger memory.
“I live in Kings Langley and know the charity shop really well. The staff there are always so friendly and I wanted to do something that would benefit the hospice as well as the shop. I thought that donating a painting was the best way of doing that.”
Ruby, an art teacher at Abbot’s Hill School, in Hemel Hempstead, spent two months completing the painting, which was created using layers of gesso, a traditional method of preparing a surface for painting, with oil paints and a 24 carat gold leaf applied on top.
If sold commercially, the painting would be expected to sell for around £800.
Sarah Coles, head of trading at the hospice, said: “We’re delighted that Ruby generously donated one of her paintings for sale – it really is quite a coup for us.”
The auction ran from March 1 to 31 and the painting was on display in the shop during that time.
All the proceeds from the sale will go towards helping the hospice raise the £5million it needs each year to provide care and support for more than 2,000 people across Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire affected by life-limiting illnesses.