MICHAEL Fargher has turned his craft into art.
The 48-year-old worked for himself as a painter and decorator for years before finally quitting his job to become a full-time artist.
Now, just three months after his dramatic career change, Michael is staging the first exhibition of his work at the Mash gallery in Haydock Street, St Helens.
Fittingly, the collection includes a number of paintings as well as a number of his photographic works.
“I have painted for most of my adult life but never really thought about doing it as a job until recently,” said Michael, of Roby Street, Toll Bar.
Michael’s past includes stint as a busker, which took him around Europe, as well as battles with the bottle.
But it was a chance encounter at an art shop that prompted him to summon up the courage to quit his job.
“I had travelled down to Ribchester to meet my parents for the day and we arranged to go to a gallery,” explained Michael.
“I got talking to a guy who worked there and I ended up showing him some of my pictures. He liked them and it went from there. I gave up my job and gave it a go.”
As well as his first solo exhibition, Michael has won a number of commissions and also converts old furniture.
His Mash exhibition contains work based on his childhood memories and recreates the weird, wonderful and colourful shapes produced from viewing St Helens street scenes through a 1960s glass brick.
n Michael’s exhibition is open until April 23. Entry is free.