Painting of the past...

Karen, Tom and Blair Denwette with Karen's painting 'The Victoria'
Karen, Tom and Blair Denwette with Karen's painting 'The Victoria'

A local artist has collaborated with the West Wemyss Heritage Centre to create a piece of art which celebrates the mining history of village.

Karen Purves, a West Wemyss local, was asked by the centre – which was just recently awarded three stars from VisitScotland – if she would create the piece from an old photograph of the Victoria Pit.

The painting, simply called ‘The Victoria’, was done in acrylics and went on display at the centre over the weekend.

“Tom Moffet, who runs the Auld Wemyss Ways, asked me if I would do the painting, and they were willing to pay for it, but I thought I would like to donate it instead,” said Karen.

“It took me about a week to do the whole thing.

“Everybody has been dying to see it as I’ve had a lot of good feedback from other West Wemyss paintings I’ve done before.

“It’s an artist’s dream to be in such a picturesque village,” said Karen, whose work often focuses on the village and has an exhibition in the West Wemyss Walk Inn at the end of February.

Tom, who helped set the heritage centre up last year, said: “We’ve had absolute amazement at the painting since it went on display.

“It’s beautiful and depicts exactly what the pit would have looked like. Karen is great, and the talent in her fingertips is amazing.”