A LOCAL doctor has one of his favourite places hanging in his home as a special parting gift from his practice.
Dr Ken MacKenzie retired from Linlithgow Health Centre last year, and his leaving present was a specially commissioned painting by local artist Leo du Feu.
Ken and Leo worked together on the masterpiece of Blackness Castle, which was officially handed over at the practice this week.
Ken (60) said: “It was a great journey. Leo was very adaptable and I was really pleased with the result.
“I love going to Blackness to walk and to bird watch, and when I saw the result, I was struck dumb - it’s fantastic.”
The finished painting is acrylic on board, and features an oystercatcher in the foreground, one of the species of wading birds regularly seen on the Blackness mudflats.
Leo added: “Both Ken and I enjoyed the process very much - we met, got to know each other, discussed the possibilities. Ken decided he’d like the painting to be of Blackness Castle and the commission was a treat to work on.”
Dr MacKenzie who stays in Baronshill Avenue with wife Penny (60), retired from Linlithgow Health Centre last March after almost 30 years in the job.
Leo hopes to publish a book, ‘Landscape and Birds of Scotland’ this October, and to see more of his paintings of Scotland, go to www.leodufeu.co.uk
Pic shows Dr MacKenzie, Leo de Feu and Dr Mike Boyle with the painting.