Derek’s master mural lights up dockside church

A BUDDING painter has created his own little masterpiece for his church in North Woolwich.

Derek James, 67, of Silvertown, was commissioned to create a mural for St John’s in Manwood Street by the Rev Trish Capriello after she discovered his painting hobby.

Derek said: “I think the Reverend is pleased with it and everybody at the church seems to like it.”

Rev Capriello asked Derek to produce something for the wall of the church entrance hall after seeing some of his paintings of the Stations of the Cross.

Derek decided to paint in the style of a glass mural window with a series of pictures depicting scenes from the Old and New Testament.

The budding artist said: “I wanted to produce something that would make people ask questions.”

The striking work by Derek, who also works as a volunteer for Richard House in Beckton, was produced over six weeks and was blessed by Rev Capriello during a service last month.

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Pictured: Derek and the Rev Capriello.