AFTER scores of people complimented a piece of art placed in a Wotton-under-Edge surgery, the local artist has decided to donate it as a gift.

Such a high number of both staff and visitors to Culverhay Surgery on Culverhay remarked at how relaxing Barry Walding’s landscape picture of the Bedruthan Steps in Cornwall was for patients, that the artist from Synwell said they could keep it.

Mr Walding, 68, who has made a 34-year-long career from painting a variety of subjects, including portraits, landscapes, automobiles and locomotives, painted this particular view four years ago.

“The reason we gave them the painting was the response we had from the general public because they have said how relaxing it was for patients and helped take their minds off worries,” he said.

“I just knew I had to paint a picture of it when I got back from the visit. It was simply stunning.”

Practice manager at the surgery, Caroline Pearmaine said it was a great addition to the waiting room.

“It has had a lot of positive comments from people so he decided to keep it there. It was very nice of him,” she said.

“We are really pleased to have it in the surgery.”