Painting captures spirit of Norwich City fans

If you look closely enough you might just be able to see Norwich City directors Delia Smith and Stephen Fry on this quirky Norwich City version of Where’s Wally.

The painting is intended to sum up a Canary fan’s match-day experience and artist Debra Orton hopes it will help her to realise a dream of moving to Norfolk.

The London-based Aviva worker and her husband Adam, who grew up in Norwich, are hoping the unique style of the picture will hit the back of the net with football fans as they embark on a plan to do a series based on clubs across the country.

However, there was only ever going to be one club which they would feature first – their beloved Norwich City FC.

Mrs Orton, who works on new business proposals for Aviva, first realised her paintings had a broad appeal after she did one based on one of her favourite places – the north Norfolk coast.


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It features landmarks from Blakeney and Cley-next-the-Sea, and proved a hit when she showed her fellow office workers and they asked for copies.

Since painting the Norwich City picture, Mrs Orton has done one based around Arsenal Football Club, as she lives near Highbury and the Emirates Stadium, and she has also completed another on Manchester United.

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The 44-year-old, who used to live in Sotherton, south of Beccles in Suffolk has always had a dream of being an illustrator,

She said: “I did the first as a memento of my trip to Norfolk and a couple of people in work saw it and asked if they could have copies.

“So we wondered if it could be turned into a business.

“If it all goes to plan we hope it will help us to make the move to Norfolk.

“In five years we’d love to be living in Norfolk and going to the games every week.

“The football paintings are about what it is like to be a fan and follow your football club, and the whole experience, which for me is about walking to the game and seeing all the pubs and landmarks.

“I love that sense of belonging that comes from following Norwich and I wanted to try to capture that in the picture.”

For information about the artwork, or to buy copies, log on to http://debraorton.com/.

Do you have a quirky story for the Evening News? Contact reporter Kim Briscoe on 01603 772419 or alternatively email kim.briscoe@archant.co.uk.

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