A Poulton man who has spent a lifetime polishing his talent has realised an ambition by launching a gallery of his own art.
Stewart Carroll, 67, has used his years of experience as a French polisher and furniture restorer to come up with a technique which produces distinctive and eye-catching paintings.
He uses the spirits and pigments of his trade in the process to create a fluid, three dimensional effect which he says has become very popular.
Stewart said: “I call it Flowart because the colours have a certain flow to them.
“The colours are spirit colours over a white titanium pigment background.
“The secret is in the French polishing of the board before I begin to paint. It gives it a 3D effect. When you look at the pictures they draw your eye in.
“I think they are a little bit hypnotic and I have been told they are really good for meditation.
“You can read alot into them and let your mind wander. The style reveals expression, detail, feeling and above all colour, which to me is one of the most important aspects.
“I have been creating them since the turn of the Millennium but due to the illness of my wife Avril I did not get the chance to do enough in the past.
“She died on August 28 and my mother Alice died in April. Their birthdays were on the same day in November and so I decided to launch my gallery on that day in their honour as they were very supportive.
“I have sold a few through a London dealer for six years but their commission was really high so I decided to have my own gallery and website.
“I was an antique furniture restorer and French polisher for 27 years, a trade I learned from my father. I am from Bispham originally and have worked in Germany with my own business, but I had a nervous breakdown and was on medication for a long time and unable to work.
“I discovered my technique through the French polishing. I was working with some really delicate antiques where you have to use various colours where the veneers are put in and I use many of the same colours and materials in the art work.
“I have about 40 in the gallery now. It is very exciting to be able to do this.”
He said his plan was to continue developing his art from his studio at the gallery and to sell the work via his Flowart website.