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Paul Rodgers – The Artist

My wife Margaret and I moved to The Elms in June 2011 from a village near Doncaster.

Drawing and painting have always been a part of my life.

My father was extremely capable of drawing. Making images from memory to entertain both myself and my sister, but he was more artistic when playing football or cricket. My mother was a creative in the kitchen, baking cakes and pastries as good, if not better than some of the genii that trace out TV screens today.

woodland walk

When reviewing Pauls collection the team at The Elms office particularly liked Dukes Lane (left) as it reminded us all of John’s Woodland Walk (right). Dukes Lane is in Kimberworth, Rotherham. Duke was Paul’s mother’s maiden name, and her antecedents in the 18th century had coke ovens here. The lane joined the ‘engine pond’ to the coke ovens for cooling in the coke making process. The engine pond is behind the Colin Pub (Sir Colin Campbell) for those of a similar age to Paul.

I have drawn and painted since I can remember. As a hobbyist more than anything, but I attended Art college on Saturdays as a 12-year-old, too young to be put on the register.

Fynn brownett

The painting of the dog is of Ann’s ‘Mad Sprocker’, Fynn. Ann commissioned Paul to paint Fynn from a photograph as a surprise for her husband at Christmas.

I started in earnest in a creative way when I was made redundant from British Steel 45 years ago. I went to art school as a mature student (clothed and fed by my wife of 12 months) and studied graphic design.

Sarah wilburn

Of course many of you will recognise Sarah in her portrait.

I worked in Ad agencies, graphic design studios, ‘in-house’ studios, self-employment (free-lance, a term from the middle ages meaning a lance for hire) part-time and full-time lecturing. All the time building up an experience of artistic skills and knowledge. Because I’d always wanted to be an artist.

I then reached the default age!

This enabled me to try and make my way in the world as an artist. I have had exhibitions in this area and gone back to my roots to exhibit in ‘Open’ exhibitions, I even ‘judge’ the Artist bade for some friends at their cub’s group.

Thank you.

Paul J Rodgers

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