Can't afford art? Do your own

00:00, Jan 13 2014

Richmond's Mike Gazeley took up painting in the 1970s because he couldn't afford to buy pictures he liked in a Dunedin exhibition.

Forty years later, and after night classes at Waimea College to give him the skill base he needed, he's still at it. "I went from being frustrated to really enjoying it."

Gazeley was one of 50 artists exhibiting at the Art Group Nelson's annual outdoor exhibition in Queen's Gardens on Saturday, with perfect weather drawing large numbers of browsers.

Gazeley works 30 hours a week doing maintenance at the Ernest Rutherford Retirement Village, and uses his spare time to produce acrylic paintings on the kitchen table, with photographs as his inspiration.