An exhibition of paintings in Abu Dhabi by a former reporter with The Buteman has sold out within days of opening.
All the paintings in Sandra Ratcliffe’s exhibition, bar one which had already been sold, were snapped up by Dubai property developer Ali Dar - son of Pakistan’s finance minister, Ishaque Dar.
Proceeds from the exhibition, Inspired By The Light, are to be donated to the UAE charity Breathing Numbers, which sends aid to Syrian refugees in a Jordanian camp.
Sandra, who was brought up on Bute and now lives in Ayr, began her reporting career with The Buteman before moving on to spend 27 years with the Daily Record.
She took up painting after leaving the Record in 1999, and has had solo shows in locations as diverse as Strachur, Gigha and Spain.
Sandra told The Buteman in February that she hoped the show would help her gain closure following the death of her brother James, a former Rothesay Academy pupil, who was held hostage by Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi regime following the invasion of Kuwait in 1990.
Though the hostages were eventually released, James died suddenly, aged just 43, a few months after returning home.
Mr Dar plans to keep one of Sandra’s paintings for himself and to give the rest away as gifts to business associates.