A PROFESSIONAL artist is hosting a solo exhibition at a Stroud venue.

Melvyn Warren-Smith will bring his show to the Museum in the Park from September 7 to September 29.

The Stroud artist uses vibrant oil colour to depict landscape, still life and people, with humour often injected into his work.

The 76-year-old, who was born in Kingston upon Thames, studied fine art in London and went on to win a David Murray Landscape Scholarship from the Royal Academy of Arts.

For many years, he worked as an illustrator, specialising in romantic book covers and working with authors like Catherine Cookson, Maeve Binchy and Edwina Currie.

The landscape and Stroud inspire Melvyn’s work, which consists of the river, canal, commons and sunsets.