AN AWARD-winning photographer, who has returned to his first love of painting, was given the chance to showcase his work by a Bury St Edmunds businessman.
Roger Harvey, 75, of Walsham-le-Willows, took up an offer to hold the exhibition at The Hartwell Blind Company, in Northgate Street, on Friday night and Saturday.
Company director Andy Hartwell was introduced to the artist by his brother Geoff, who carried out some carpentry work at Mr Harvey’s home and was impressed with his paintings.
Mr Harvey started painting again after a 35 year hiatus while recovering from double pneumonia and septicemia.
He said: “Since then it’s just grown and grown. Andy saw the pictures, suggested we have an exhibition and I thought it was a wonderful idea.”
Mr Harvey studied at the Coventry College of Art and in the 1970s and 80s garnered an international reputation for paintings of sporting personalities such as George Best, Ian Botham and Christ Evert.