OVER the years this talented 74-year-old artist has painted, in oils, more than 6 000 homes throughout South Africa. In Umvoti for the past week or so, Rudolph Clench has painted lasting memories of a number of homes on farms and in the town. In his beat-up old car, Clench travels around saying “I knock on doors, some chase me away and the next one greets me.” Along the way he has met many interesting people as well as recording for future generations, family homes. This career began after he was retrenched by Transnet in 1999 having worked for them for 31 years and he had to do something to support his wife and family. He tried building, but that went “flat” and then in 2001, the penny dropped and he started his serious career in art, painting homes, portraits, seascapes, landscapes and says he can give a few of the established artists a “run for their money”. He enjoys capturing real life scenes and is a fast worker — he makes a sketch, paints and completes the work within three hours. Enterprising and passionate about art, Clench camps wherever he is — his wife lives in George and he will see her at Christmas — after 11 months of being a travelling artist. He is also passionate about classical music and is liable to burst into song in between chatting. He will be in Greytown for as long as there are homes and buildings to paint. To contact him call 082 530 7941.