We talk to Jack Russell. The Gloucestershire and England wicketkeeper played in 54 Tests and played in 465 first class games for his county in a 23 year career that saw him make nearly 18,000 runs and take nearly 2,000 catches behind the stumps.
However, Jack has now had a longer career as a professional painter than he had as a cricketer. His paintings hang in public and private collections worldwide, from the Tower of London to The Bradman Museum in Bowral Australia. Sittings for his portrait paintings have included HRH Duke of Edinburgh, HRH Duke of Kent, ten Field Marshals of the British Army, Sir Norman Wisdom, Eric Sykes, and Eric Clapton. Sporting icons include Sir Bobby Charlton, Dickie Bird and Phil Taylor.
He talks to us about how he began painting, who were his inspirations as a painter, the process of painting and what still motivates him to paint. If you want to take a look at his many paintings and sketches, go to:
Malcolm Murphy has been a native of South Wales for many years and currently lives in Splott, Cardiff. He talks to us about his long journey from the Hip Hop movement of his childood, his addiction to spray painting which eventually brought him into trouble with the police, his career as a professional signwriter and Fairground Artist and the development of his fine art.
Malcolm has painted Sophia Gardens twice in recent years and one of these still hangs in one of the rooms at Sophia Gardens.
To see some of Malcolm's wonderful paintings of Cardiff street scenes and his other work, head to:
We hope you enjoy listening to two painters and how they approach their painting.
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