I love to read stories about people who came to painting late in life or people who are known for one thing and then become painters. Winston Churchill was such a person. I have read several books about his work as an artist and how he felt about painting.
In his essay, Painting as a Pastime, published in The Strand Magazine in December 1921 and January 1922, he says, ” I do not presume to explain how to paint, but only how to get enjoyment. Do not turn the superior eye of critical passivity upon these efforts. Buy a paint-box and have a try. If you need something to occupy your leisure, to divert your mind from your daily round, to illuminate your holidays, do not be too ready to believe that you cannot find what you want here.”
Churchill was an avid painter and encouraged others to try. He often said it was a hobby that kept the “Black Dog”, what he called depression, away.