VIDEO: New career path for a Bognor Regis man

MARTIN Snook has gone from the dole queue to the art gallery in Bognor Regis.

Martin has his first works on show in an art exhibition and enjoyed his first sales from such a display.

C131529-1 Bog Nov14 Martin  phot kate''Martin Snook with some of his work at the Cloudhopper Gallery.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C131529-1

C131529-1 Bog Nov14 Martin phot kate''Martin Snook with some of his work at the Cloudhopper Gallery.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C131529-1

Four of his unique paintings, created on old roof slates, can be seen in the window of the Cloudhopper Gallery.

“I’ve sold three pieces in a week. It’s very encouraging that people like what I do and it’s marvellous to see my work in the window.”

Martin, 46, of Havelock Road, spent six months on the dole earlier this year after his previous job as a carpenter was badly hit by the recession.

He always enjoyed painting at school but instead decided to pursue a career in joinery.

But his time signing on saw him enter the government’s Enterprise Allowance scheme to help him to achieve a change in his life and rekindle his enthusiasm for art.

For the full story see the Bognor Regis Observer out tomorrow (Thursday, November 14)