Silent auction for charity

Nick,left, with Glen, right, shared a passion for motorcycles during their long friendship
Nick,left, with Glen, right, shared a passion for motorcycles during their long friendship

A man from Stonehaven is auctioning his artwork in honour of a friend who passed away after being diagnosed with cancer.

Glen Murdoch, who does ‘Pollock-esque’ paintings, is having an online silent auction for his works, with all proceeds going to the two chosen charities of Nick Darling - Maggie’s Centre in Aberdeen and Anchor.

The three paintings up for auction

The three paintings up for auction

Nick died on May 10 after being diagnosed with lung cancer, which then spread through his body, at the age of just 39. The news came as a shock as he was only diagnosed in ‘early April’.

Glen told the Leader how he felt the paintings were an appropriate way to honour his friend as Nick had been encouraging him to start painting again since taking a break from the hobby.

Glen said: “When he passed away, I knew he still wanted me to paint again, to do so in his honour felt right.

The silent auction will take place on Glen’s Facebook page, which he has made ‘public’ for everyone to see; bidders can private message him via the page with their bid for the three paintings that are up for grabs.

The auction will close at 1200 on Monday, May 30 and Glen will inform the winner then, with the payment being split equally between the two charities. The winning bidder can then remain anonymous if they wish.

Glen described Nick, who had been friends for over 20 years, as “very modest guy”.

He said: “He worked in the oil industry for many years and I had no idea how far into his career he was until after he died.

“He was exceptionally successful in his field.”