Ramsgate salon owner turns to art and sells painting for undisclosed fee – The Isle Of Thanet News
A Ramsgate barber shop owner who turned to painting when he couldn’t find suitable artwork for his renovated premises sold a room for an undisclosed amount.
Father of two Marcello Marino, who has run his salon for over 30 years, wanted to hang paintings on the premises but was puzzled trying to find something he liked – so he decided to pick up the brushes himself. .
The 52-year-old, who put his skills to work on Britain’s Got Talent in 2009 and appeared on several reality shows, including Come Dine With Me, said: “I did my shop a few months ago and I continued to look for art for decoration but I did not find anything.
“One of my clients is an artist, so I asked her to teach me how to paint. I went to her house and she told me about mixing things up but I just wanted to go on and do it so she gave me chalk first. I drew then painted and she was very impressed.
“I have three on the walls and an additional 4-5. Customers said they liked them. I know everyone has different tastes but I really did it for myself and for my living room.
“A lot of people asked if they were for sale and I said not really but one person, an author, said he wanted the painting (red circular image) because he had a new house and wants it. put on its landing. “
Marcello said he had sworn to keep the “special” amount paid a secret.
Another of the paintings is a nude that has raised questions among customers.
Marcello said: “Everyone asked if it was my wife but I didn’t answer! It is very tasteful ”
The third painting in the living room depicts a stylus although Marcello says people see different things when they look at it.
Marcello, who often raises funds for charities such as Thanet Winter Shelter and Oasis Domestic Abuse Service with donation haircuts at events such as Addington Street Fair, says he will be pursuing his new hobby.