Teacher’s artwork goes on display in Durham

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A GEOGRAPHY teacher is showing his artistic side at an exhibition.

About 40 paintings by John Renshaw are on show at the Cafe on the Green (formerly the Almshouses) on Palace Green, Durham City.

Artist John Renshaw with one of his watercolour paintings which will be exhibited in the Cafe on the Green, Palace Green, Durham City

Artist John Renshaw with one of his watercolour paintings which will be exhibited in the Cafe on the Green, Palace Green, Durham City

The 57-year-old teaches at Durham School, and paints as a hobby at classes at Framwellgate Moor.

“They are watercolours,” he said. “Mostly of buildings and landscapes, an interest which probably stems from the geography.

“Nearly all the paintings are of places in the North East. I take photographs of the subject, and then work from those.

“Painting outside is difficult for several reasons, the light and weather changes.

“Painting outside after work in winter when it’s dark wouldn’t be possible, then there’s the problem of getting there.” Most of the paintings in the exhibition have been done in the last two years.

John doesn’t paint at home, only at the class, and reckons to complete one piece a session.

“I’m looking forward to setting up a studio in the house when I retire,” he added. The paintings are for sale and are on show in the cafe until May 31.