He has captured the best sides of some of our best loved wild animals.
And now artist Keith Humphrey’s pencil-drawn images will leave themselves etched on to the minds of Marsden residents when they are put on show at the Mechanics Hall in March.
Picking up his pencil in his teens, it will be the first time that Keith’s work has even been put on display.
Fascinated by wild animals, his portraits shed light on the personalities of the creatures not often considered.
Oliver Lane resident Keith, now 55, said: “I will draw anything but animals are interesting due to their characters, which I like to explore.
“Each one takes me in between 30 minutes to three hours to finish.”
But it was not the first artform that fascinated Keith, who was first an avid water-colourist.
He said: “I began water colouring when I first started school and have always just loved creating pictures.
“But in my teens I started drawing and found that I really liked it because it’s clean and no mess at the end and I really like using black and white because it just seems a lot more dynamic to me.”
He continued his passion throughout his working life as a warehouse man but has now found more time in which to draw after retiring.
Keith said: “I just save my work at the moment but am now ready to exhibit and the one in March will have 25 or so drawings.
I hope to have more and sell the pictures but I’m not interested in having a studio.”