ART lovers can get up close and personal with an artist who has set up his easel at a Wirral gallery.
Ever wanted to see an artist create a masterpiece before your very eyes?
Jim Fleming has set up camp at Dee Fine Arts in Heswall so customers can watch him work on his latest painting, and receive impromptu art lessons in the process.
Otherwise known as ‘Jim the Artist’, he did it to mark his 60th birthday. He can be seen at work on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Jim has been artist all his life and during this time worked as a civil servant for 12 years and a lecturer in interiors, printmaking, graphic design and illustration. Five years ago he began concentrating on his own artwork full-time.
He doesn’t specialise in a particular area and does all kind of creations – portrait painting, water colours, canvas, sculpting, interiors, printmaking, graphic design and illustration.
Jim said, from West Kirby, said: “Currently I’m working on a big picture of Barcelona.
“It is a delight to work in such a conducive and well lit atmosphere.
“Being an artist does not make me want to put on a solo performance but to work in concert with others, so the interaction I get by painting at Dee Fine Arts is vital to me.
“I keep saying to customers that I need their flow to encourage my adventure and playful spontaneity. I never did believe in the sad starving artist in his garret – an artist can and should be an encourager and joy bringer.”
Jim will be exhibiting his work at the gallery next month – March 3 until March 30.
He has just won an award with Regenda Housing for creating an innovative calendar.
Jim added: “There will be 20 paintings on display including watercolours and a long canvas of Hilbre Island.
“I do a lot of commissions from family portraits and wine labels. I also work with schools doing mural work.
“There are a lot of my murals in cafes, bars and shops around Wirral and Liverpool, including Linghams bookshop in Heswall and Slinky’s café in West Kirby.”