Sir Winston Spencer Churchill
It was Churchill's sister-in-law, Goonie, who first encouraged him to paint. Winston and his wife rented a small country house in Surrey to escape the publicity of his political woes. His brother Jack and his wife would stay with them often. She was a gifted watercolorist and, upon observing her one day, Winston was persuaded to try his hand at painting. From then on, art would become his refuge from the world.