Short biography of Pastel Portrait Artist Jim Renshaw

Living my early years in Aveley, Essex, where I did my schooling, I was always drawing from an early age — my earliest recollection being painting Christmas scenes on the primary school window just before the Christmas break with wax and paints then later drawing several Rolling Stones’ portraits for the school disco as posters. I didn’t go to art school or gain any degrees or diplomas in the subject just drawing what I saw and learning from my mistakes as I went along. Playing acoustic guitar and drawing as a hobby, I re-established my fascination in art by creating a cartoon series for the Printing Trades Journal back in the days of ‘letterpress’ printing (being a typesetter by trade), illustrating for several agencies and produced a fill-in spread for The Buster, children’s comic.

Inspirational artists:
Norman Rockwell for his wonderful oils . . .
Wende Caporale for her great pastel work . . .
Guan Weixing for his brilliant watercolours . . .
Rembrandt the Master . . .
Elzie Crisler Segar/Max Fleischer for creating and producing Popeye, my childhood hero . . . 
and not forgetting
the ‘king of caricature’ and truly inspirational,
Mort Drucker
, Mad’s wonderful frontman.