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Great North Art Show, Ripon Cathe­dral, Ripon. Tony is among 36 pro­fes­sional artists, six pho­tog­ra­phers and one sculp­tor who will be ex­hibit­ing over 250 orig­i­nal works of art. The show runs from Au­gust 31 – Septem­ber 22, www. great­

Builder, Joe Bon­ner, tel 01943 839650, www.joe­bon­

Joiner, kitchen in­stal­la­tion and elec­tric, Acorn In­stal­la­tions, tel: 07725 693836

Ar­chi­tect, Mike Wid­dup, Planet Ar­chi­tec­ture, tel: 01535 633478, email: mik@ plan­etar­chi­tec­

Lights, Old­field Light­ing, Skip­ton, tel: 01756 799155

Ilk­ley In­te­ri­ors, lk­ley, shut­ters tel: 01943 602311

Floor, Dé­cor Car­pet, Ilk­ley, tel: 01943 968011 Light­ing in Skip­ton. Tony, who is adept at DIY, pitched in.

“The struc­tural work was rel­a­tively easy be­cause the house is a tim­ber frame con­struc­tion and we were lucky to have a bril­liant builder and joiner,” he says.

Fur­ni­ture and fur­nish­ings are a mix of items they have col­lected over the years, in­clud­ing a fab­u­lous rose­wood and leather sofa that cost £500, 40 years ago.

“Peo­ple thought we were mad as it was a huge amount of money but it has lasted and we have had it re­cov­ered,” says San­dra.

In­stead of cur­tains for the bed­rooms, they splashed out on three sets of shut­ters, which cost £1,670.

Al­to­gether, the pro­ject took about two years and cost £40,000. The ex­ten­sion alone was about £30,000, but it has had a life chang­ing ef­fect.

The space, nat­u­ral light and rest­ful, long range views in the ex­ten­sion have helped in­spire Tony to take up paint­ing.

He went to art col­lege af­ter leav­ing school and spe­cialised in sculp­ture be­fore pur­su­ing a ca­reer in ad­ver­tis­ing, which in­cluded run­ning his own ad. agency and busi­ness con­sul­tancy.

“I hadn’t picked up a paint brush in 40 years and won­dered whether I could still paint.

“It felt great and now I paint most days and I’ve done 25 can­vases in the last 12 months,” he says.

San­dra per­suaded him to sub­mit some of his pic­tures to the Great North Art Show at Ripon Cathe­dral, which opens on Au­gust 31, and they were ac­cepted.

“That felt amaz­ing but it’s all down to this room,” he says. “It’s a great joy.”

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