A CLYDEBANK artist has donated a painting which it is hoped will boost the funds of a national charity.

Jim Barrie, 48, who regularly exhibits at charity events to help organisations, will be displaying his latest work this Thursday in aid of the Scottish Huntington’s Association.

The art show, sale and auction will take place at Awestruck Art Gallery, Clydebank, on November 9.

Jim’s art is known for its expressive use of vibrant colours using oils on canvas and has a growing following among lovers of fine art.

Jim told the Post: “I wanted to do something for the Scottish Huntington’s Association, given the fantastic work its staff and supporters do to care for and support people. Many artists have submitted their work for this art exhibition and we all hope it raises a huge amount of money.”

Jim has previously exhibited at various charity art shows, including ones for the lifesaving charity St John Scotland, Kidney Cancer Scotland and Paisley’s Accord Hospice.

In January he plans to donate paintings for exhibitions for both the Beatson charity and the St Vincent’s Hospice.

Jim, a former pupil of Clydebank High School, still lives in the town and works as a highly-qualified surveyor with building firm City Gate Construction.

The artwork he has painted for Thursday’s exhibition is called Tranquility and is an oil painting.

Jim explained: “It is an imaginary scene which took me six hours to paint. I began my art only five years ago, mainly painting portraits, which could take up to 40 hours to paint.

“Now I mainly concentrate on landscapes and seascapes. This latest oil painting, ‘Tranquility’, was done completely from my own imagination.”

The whole exhibition on Thursday will comprise 76 paintings. It is hoped each painting will fetch around £100 and raise more than £7,600 for the charity.

The Scottish Huntington’s Association art exhibition will take place at Awestruck Art Gallery, 71 Kilbowie Road, Clydebank from 6.30-9pm on Thursday. Entry is free.