A retired police officer and passionate painter has found his own way to continue to serve the community - by donating the proceeds of his exhibitions to charity. Painter Chung Kin-san held his most recent show at The Helena May in Central from December 17 to 19, featuring 120 copies of his watercolours of Hong Kong buildings and landscapes. Chung donated the sale proceeds of HK$8,600 to this year's Operation Santa Claus and a cause of The Helena May's choice. 'I know Operation Santa Claus helps disadvantaged children and youth, which matches well with what I am doing,' the 46-year-old painter said. Born on a farm in the New Territories, Chung started to paint when he was three. Although he became a police officer, Chung never gave up his passion and took part-time watercolour courses at the Polytechnic University and Chinese University in the 1980s and '90s. His work has been collected by the Hong Kong Museum of Art and the Heritage Museum, and he has also held several solo exhibitions in the city since 1995. After he retired as a support sergeant from the police's tactical unit in 2005, Chung focused on his art, setting up the Country Art Museum in Tai Po to display art and for teaching. Over the past three years, he has held free workshops for groups of all ages, including 'troubled young men' and people from deprived backgrounds. 'My family used to be too poor to pay for my painting courses. So I want to offer a chance to these disadvantaged children to get exposed to art, which could become important to their lives,' he said. He has also held several charity sales and exhibitions in support of local causes. 'No matter whether I am a police officer or a painter, the major goal in my life is to serve the community,' Chung said.