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Name: James Gray
ALTHOUGH I have lived in Southport for the past 50 years, I began painting in oils in Scotland at the age of six and had my first exhibition at seven.
In the 60s, I was sketching the groups at the Cavern club and in the 80s I was at the docks painting the fleet as they sailed for the Falklands, but I found my true vocation when I became a Senior lecturer in Further Education.
Nowadays, I teach my own art classes at Albert Road and between terms I teach on board the world's top cruise ships, on theP&O line.
For years, I have travelled the world painting exotic locations and a few months ago I was featured as the Travelling Artist on Sky TV’s Cruising with the Stars.
I work in a variety of media and take my inspiration from my travels and my faith. From studying dramatic landscapes, I have taught myself many of the techniques I now share with my classes.
My paintings are well-known for their dedication to detail and are in collections around the world, including Southport's own Lord Fearn.
I have written for several art magazines and produced my own art booklets as I am a firm believer that, if you have a talent, you should share it.
For details of art classes, tel 01704 569971 or look at Jim's web site www.jamesgrayarts.com where you can see a selection of paintings and the Sky TV programme.