Welsh artist, Jeff Kirkhouse was born in Swansea in 1959, the eldest of
three children. He left Wales, to live in Holland, when he was eighteen,
returning to his hometown, many years later. He now lives in Killay, with
his wife, Karen and their three children, James, Robert and Laura.
Jeff enjoyed sketching and painting from an early age, but did not consider
becoming a full-time artist until he was thirty-five. Encouraged by his
family he soon made his mark.
Jeff feels very fortunate that he has the stunning Gower coastline to
inspire his unique works. Not only does he excel in painting landscapes,
he also takes advantage of
the many historical buildings in both Wales and England to produce beautiful
water colours, such as Dylan Thomas's famous boathouse at Laugharne, and
the magnificent castles of Cardiff and Caernavon to name but a few.
Under the name of "Images of Wales", Jeff has also produced
many souvenirs of Wales in his own inimitable style, and just recently
he has been commisioned to provide the Dunvant Male Voice's new C.D cover.
For the past seven years, Jeff has also been a professional teacher of
mixed media painting in the Swansea area, holding classes in many venues.
These lessons are also being enjoyed in many residential homes in the
area, as Jeff visits to run classes for the residents.
In spite of his busy schedule, Jeff finds time to enjoy walking, swimming
and playing the guitar. He likes nothing more than a barbecue in the garden,
followed by a good welsh sing-song with friends and family.
One of the highlights of Jeff's year is the exhibition he holds in St.
Hilary's church hall, in Killay, showing his students' paintings, as well
as his own. The proceeds go to charity and it makes a very enjoyable day.
So, watch out for one of Jeff's exhibitions, and go along to see the works
of someone who really appreciates doing the the job he loves.