Jimmy Mackellar

Jimmy Mackellar, a retired Optometrist, has always painted. He attended many part-time classes at the Glasgow School of Art and RIG in Greenock when working as an optometrist.

Now that he has retired, he has time to fulfill a dream and pursue his passion - life drawing and painting in various studios in Glasgow and his home town of Greenock. 

As he said in the Herald Magazine’s ‘Lifelines’ in 2011, “The human form is the hardest thing you can attempt to replicate. Not only does a vase of flowers not move, but neither does it have a soul or an essence you have to capture. Plus, you have only two or three hours to capture a life model in a studio. I did not set out with the intention of making any money from my art. I just feel drawn to it. That thing of starting with a blank canvas and not knowing what is going to happen is wonderful. Art is one of the most fulfilling things you can do.”

But he also says that it can make you weep if you don’t get it right. And sometimes - just sometimes - he gets a glimmer of hope and thinks, “Aye, we’ll keep that one. Mibby someone may wish that one on their wall! Or even buy it….”

To see more you can visit my website: www.jimmymackellar.com

Read about my experiences on the BBC Big Painting Challenge 2017
Jimmy Mackellar Artist