Young Freshwater artist’s painting to adorn Yarmouth ferry terminal

A picture created by a young artist from Freshwater will take pride of place at Wightlink’s Yarmouth terminal building.

Tristan Woods, 24, who has autism, has had a passion for transport from a young age and has a developed a detailed knowledge of Wightlink’s fleet over the years. This inspired his latest artwork – a picture of the Yarmouth to Lymington ship Wight Light.

This week Tristan handed over the work to Wightlink chief executive Keith Greenfield.

He explained: “I am really interested in Wightlink’s ferries and like to spend time researching the specifications of the ships and learning about the history of the fleet.

“After travelling on Wight Light recently, I wanted to draw a picture of her to give to Keith as a thank you, because the Wightlink staff are always really kind to me when I travel to and from the mainland.”

Tristan Woods’ Wight Light painting

The striking picture will now be put on display at Wightlink’s Yarmouth terminal.

Tristan’s father Graham Woods said: “Tristan has combined his love of art and fascination for ferries to produce this really unique piece of art. His autism means that he often sees things in a different way to us, which results in some really creative and vibrant images.

“We are thrilled that Wightlink has taken such an interest in Tristan’s love of ferries and his picture of Wight Light and we really appreciated Keith taking the time to meet with us.”

Keith Greenfield said: “It was a pleasure to meet Tristan and be presented with his picture of Wight Light. He is a regular traveller on our Yarmouth to Lymington route and it was a lovely surprise to learn that he had been inspired to produce a picture of one of our ferries.

“Tristan is keen to learn more about our new hybrid energy flagship, Victoria of Wight, so we are delighted to be arranging a tour of the ship for him. We are also really pleased that other passengers will be able to see his artwork at our Yarmouth ticket office.”

Tristan volunteers at West Wight Sports Centre in the café and also at Mottistone Manor for the National Trust. He spends time drawing and painting at the Kingfisher Community Art Studios in West Wight and at the Dormouse Gallery at Totland, which is run by his mum Joanna English.