I worked in television, with documentaries on Discovery and National Geographic, but my first love was painting. My Great, Great, Great Grandfather was well-known English portrait artist Samuel Massey, who married the sister of his friend and fellow painter JN Rhodes. My Grandfather was also a painter, although as a dairy farmer in Taranaki just after the First World War, he never had enough time to develop his talent. He inherited the middle name
of Rhodes (as a tribute to JN Rhodes ) as I and all first-born sons in his family have done .
I started painting with oils when I was eight and in the late 1960's went to Wimbledon Art School in England. Unfortunately , I was painting English landscapes when everyone else was into abstract minimalism. Still, I got my degree in painting which didn't help me at all with my first job at the BBC. Television became my career. I still painted when I had time, between projects, which because I was freelance , was often.
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