A family from across the pond is looking for help in locating paintings by Tim Wells, possibly sold in an estate sale in Trumbull. Hilary Wells, the wife of Tim Wells, contacted The Times to help spread the word on her husband\u2019s missing paintings. Tim Wells, a Greenwich native, now lives in England with his family. His paintings were last at his sister\u2019s home at 20 Anita Avenue in Trumbull, before his sister died. \u201cThe reason for trying to find my husband\u2019s paintings is rather sad,\u201d Hilary Wells said. \u201cHis sister, Lucinda Wells Cunningham, died of cancer.\u201d After her death, her husband moved away, selling the contents of the home, without the knowledge of the Wells family. \u201cCindy was the last of the five children of Maury and Sally Wells of Greenwich, and she had inherited a lot of old family heirlooms \u2014 not particularly valuable, except to us, and we would very much like to find out what happened to them,\u201d Wells wrote. \u201cWhen her cancer was deemed terminal, I flew over from my home in England to be with her. During the weeks we spent together, Cindy was very anxious to list all the family items she held in trust, to keep them in the family, and to pass them on to the next generation.\u201d The paintings were hanging in the home when Hilary Wells returned to England. \u201cI offered to pack them up to be ready to ship, but she said they gave her a lot of pleasure, so I left them,\u201d Wells said. \u201cSince they are unique I think they will be easy to identify and \u2014 even if they are now in new homes \u2014 someone who attended the estate sale might recognize them and give me a lead to their whereabouts. Wells said the paintings are an important part of her family\u2019s lives. \u201cI am particularly keen that our children should have information about his paintings. Tim\u2019s work formed a constant part of their growing up and of our lives together,\u201d Wells said. \u201cEach picture is a part of that life and so is very precious to us.\u201d The paintings The signature on the missing paintings is \u201cT W Wells\u201d or \u201cT Wells\u201d and the scenes range from ships on the water to country landscapes. Some were painted around the time the couple met in London, while Tim Wells was studying painting in Europe. \u201cOne of the missing paintings is of a fishing boat pulled up on a Spanish beach, where he was living for a while,\u201d Hilary Wells said. \u201cHe is known in the U.S. as a marine artist and he sold his work in galleries from Boston to Annapolis \u2014 including at Mystic Seaport.\u201d \u201cAnother of the paintings is a large seascape showing a small open boat in the path of a storm,\u201d she said. \u201cThis is student work and shows how talented he was from an early age. The painting was only recently brought down for Cindy from a cousin\u2019s house in Litchfield, Conn.\u201d Anyone with information on the paintings is asked to contact the Connecticut relatives at 203-966-1307 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.