Rutland art teacher publishes book in honour of late mother

A page of Bible Flora, by Pauline Collett
A page of Bible Flora, by Pauline Collett
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A former Rutland art teacher, now an artist and author, has just completed a labour of love in honour of her late mother.

Pauline Collett of Hanbury Close, Oakham, is the daughter of Leicestershire artist Jenny Brook who died in 2004.

Pauline Collett pictured with the newly published books of her late mother's work

Pauline Collett pictured with the newly published books of her late mother's work

Jenny specialised in painting floral watercolours and at the age of 80 she published a book entitled A Lifetime of Flowers.

After her death, Pauline discovered two more books ready for publication and she has recently had them printed by Spiegl Press of Stamford.

“Bible Flora” has paintings of all the flora mentioned in the Bible, along with accompanying text and 
“Wild Flowers in Their Habitats” features this country’s wealth of wild flowers, painted in their natural surroundings.

“I knew of the existence of these books that my mother had been working on, but she had to go into a home and 
later on when we sold her home we sorted everything out and I bought them home with me.

“They were lying in a cupboard for some time but when Spiegl Press published my own books –The Parish Churches of Rutland and Rutland In Dissent – in 2012, I talked to it about these and it agreed to print them.”

The books cost £15 and £18 respectively and can be bought from Walkers Bookshop in Stamford and Uppingham bookshops.

A donation from each one sold will go to the Likoma Link Trust, a charity run by Oakham Methodist Church that helps the people of a small island in Malawi.

Pauline, who taught art at the Vale of Catmose College in Oakham and at Uppingham Community College for 30 years, has also written and illustrated books on the composer Elgar.

Her husband, Barry Collett, emeritus leader of the Rutland Sinfonia orchestra, is also an Elgar expert.

She said her mother, who lived in Oadby, was quite well known for her work designing cards for local churches and charities, including The Lodge Trust at Market Overton.

“I think she would be delighted with these books,” she said. “They have been beautifully done with full colour plates for each drawing. We haven’t had a great many printed – but if they do well we will have more done.”