A talented Harborough artist is staging a major frontline exhibition of his work - just days after helping to make a top TV programme.
Glenn Badham, 48, of Husbands Bosworth, near Market Harborough, said he was thrilled as 40 of his paintings go on show to the public in Northampton.
And the huge honour comes hot on the heels of the ecstatic dad’s appearance on Sky TV’s ‘Landscape Artist of the Year’.
Gifted Glenn told the Harborough Mail: “We have all been through a difficult time but August has got off to an incredible start for me.
“I took part in the wildcard spot on Sky’s very popular ‘Landscape Artist of the Year’ on Wednesday August 5.
“We filmed it on location at beautiful West Wickham Estate in Buckinghamshire and I thoroughly enjoyed it.”
Unfortunately Glenn didn’t go through but he said: “The owner of the house said that I was the first painter he’s seen to get the highly-evocative orangey colour of his amazing chapel just right.
“It was a massive compliment as I was working away while the sun poured down on this fabulous building boasting so many pillars and columns.”
The show is set to go out on air in January 2021.
It’s onwards and upwards as Glenn, who’s been painting professionally for 25 years, launches his one-man exhibition at 78 Derngate, Northampton, from Saturday August 15.
“It’s a unique three-storey terraced house as the owners commissioned the famous Scottish architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh to create the interior.
“I am showing my latest collection titled Our English Coast consisting of 40 oil paintings.
“They celebrate the immense majesty of our country’s wonderful coastline, including Mortehoe, Combe Martin, Combesgate Beach, Gin Cove and Grunta Bay,” said the father-of-one, who’s also a keen ballroom dancer.
“I’ve been working on this project for two years.
“I create exhilarating oil on canvas landscape paintings based on sketches I drew at the locations.
“I had to submit images to be vetted and this will be the first time I’ve ever exhibited there so it’s going to be special.
“It’s taken me almost three days to set up this week during the heatwave.
“I’ll be taking a private viewing of 40 people through on the opening day on Saturday and the event will be staged until Saturday September 26.
“It’s going to be a fantastic showcase and platform for my work and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Glenn’s also pledged to donate £12.50 each from the sales of two £225 prints in the show to boost the National Trust’s 125 campaign to protect the British coastline.
“Helping to safeguard our magnificent coast for our children is crucial and being selected for the TV show has encouraged me to produce even more landscape work,” he said.
Glenn’s paintings were also featured in two open submission competitions during lockdown - the first edition of Flea Circus Magazine and Gaada’s online art exhibition and E-magazine.
“My wife Nikki, 48, and I also love our ballroom dancing.
“I really enjoy painting dancers, too, although I’ve had to develop a sharp eye and a quick hand because the movement is so lightning fast,” said Glenn.
“I’m already lining up exciting new projects for the end of this year and start of next year so there’s going to be a lot more material to get my teeth into.”
If you would like to have a closer look at Glenn’s brilliant eyecatching work and portfolio visit his website at http://www.glennbadham.com