A RESPECTED international artist had praised two of his protégés whose first joint exhibition opened in Uppermill this week.
John McCombs says works by emerging artists Steve Stringer and Dave Oag bursts with “powerful energy and skill”.
The dynamic duo, billed as The Pennine Painters, became friends after joining John’s art classes in Delph five years ago.
Dave, 53, from Mossley, and Oldhamer Steve, 64, are both landscape and figurative artists and are often seen with their easels round the Saddleworth hills throughout the year.
Dave spent eight years in the army as a REME driver before taking over the running of the family pallet firm in Mossley.
He had an interest in art at school but was not able to pursue it at that time but picked it up again on leaving the forces.
Steve spent 14 years in the Royal Engineers Territorial Army alongside his job as a Civil Servant for 37 years working for MOD and Job centres.
Now retired, he has been painting for 20 years and works from studio at Woodend Mill, Mossley.
Both are members of Saddleworth Art Group and their first exhibition runs from February 9 to Sunday, March 6 at The Reclamation Room, Lee Street, Uppermill.