Young Axarquia Rolling Stones fan paints her idols

AT only 11 years old, Axarquia girl Paloma Newbould has already built a reputation as a great artist, portraying rock legends such as Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood from the Rolling Stones. 

The junior rock´n´roll artist is a young English girl who lives in Algarrobo and is in year six at primary school in Caleta de Velez. She is also Watts’ niece, as her father is the ex-husband of Watts’ wife’s sister. 

Back in June of 2013, Newbould attended a concert given by the legendary band in London, where she was able to give the drummer the painting she had created for him. 

She explained that her inspiration had come from an old picture, taken 30 years ago, so the painting depicts a much younger Watts.

The band was pleasantly surprised by the girl’s talent and Watts challenged her to paint guitar player Ronnie Wood. 

“It was an honour for me to paint these pieces for two of the Rolling Stones’ members,” said the girl. 

When the band performed in Madrid last year, she was again given the chance to give her creation to Wood and spend a while with the band backstage, where she was able to take pictures with all four members, including singer Mick Jagger. 

“It was a very exciting moment, being there with the band a few minutes before the concert started,” said the artist, who added that she has not yet painted the other two members but will gladly do so if they request it. 

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