I'd always known that Winston Churchill was a passionate painter, but it wasn't until June of 1991, when I saw an article in Victoria magazine, that I saw any of his actual paintings. Needless to say, I kept the issue, and I'm sharing some of them with you here.
His subject matter was often landscapes, boating scenes, gardens, and all things outdoors. He loved painting en plein air, and his medium was usually oils. I have saved some wonderful quotations about painting from Churchill:
"We cannot aspire to masterpieces. We may content ourselves with a joy ride in a paint-box. And for this, Audacity is the only ticket."
"When I get to heaven I mean to spend a considerable portion of my first million years in painting, and so to get to the bottom of the subject. But then I shall require a still gayer palette than I get here below."
He would paint primarily outdoors, but if it was a cold, rainy day, he'd content himself with painting still life subjects and groups at table. The painting above remains at his home, Chartwell.
The interior above is considered the best he ever painted: it is a rendering of the tapestries at Blenheim Palace, the patriarchal home where Churchill was born.
The painting above is a church along a lane in the south of France.
Here's another still life of the silver set at Chartwell, undoubtedly painted during a rainy afternoon typical of the British Isles.
Isn't his work beautiful? I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.
"Politician, statesman, author, Winston Churchill is most fondly remembered by his daughter Lady Mary Soames, standing at his easel." (--Victoria magazine) She chronicled her father's favorite pastime in a book, Winston Churchill: His Life as a Painter.
He once said:
"If it weren't for painting, I couldn't live; I couldn't bear the strain of things."