I’m Jimmy Mackellar, a retired Optometrist, and have always painted. I attended many part-time classes at the Glasgow School of Art (Trevor Makinson, Rosemary Beaton, Cynthia Bowles) and RIG in Greenock when working as an optometrist. Now as an artist I have time to fulfill a dream and pursue my passion – life drawing and painting from the model in a studio, or landscapes outdoors. Painting is never easy – it can even make you weep at times if you don’t get it right. But when things go well and I convey the message to the viewer, then life sparkles once more! Of course, ever since participating in BBC’s The Big Painting Challenge, my approach has maybe changed for the better, and, rather proudly, I have started selling my work.