Myrtle Blair obituary

By Thomas Blair

My wife, Myrtle Blair, who has died aged 90, was an African-American artist and community advocate living in Hertford in the UK. Her floral sketches and waterside scenes display her unique experience and reflect the town’s growing confidence as a cultural centre.

In her most productive years, from 1980 to 1995, she gained awards and patrons for her paintings of the town’s hidden gardens. Myrtle’s cheery children’s book illustrations and Christmas cards show her caring spirit.

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