A Musselburgh artist is looking forward to his first solo exhibition.

Jim Bell, vice chair of Musselburgh Art Club, is set to display his work at Cockenzie House, on Edinburgh Road, Cockenzie, from April 5 to May 15.

It is his first solo show, although he has been exhibiting and selling his work since joining the art club three years ago. He sold a number of works last year during Art Walk Porty, as well as at club exhibitions.

Originally from Glasgow, Mr Bell lived and worked in London for many years, and his career as an international advertising professional took him overseas for 25 years.

As a result, he has travelled widely and has always been a keen photographer, which has led to his love of painting.

He took up painting as a hobby some 20 years ago and specialises in seascapes and landscapes, including the East Lothian coastline.

He described his painting style as “impressionistic, using bold colours and loose brushstrokes”.

His exhibition covers a range of subjects and all works on show, approximately 40 paintings, are for sale.

Mr Bell settled in Musselburgh in the area known locally as the Denholms, close to Queen Margaret University.

He said: “Musselburgh Art Club has a thriving membership of over 60 artists and is planning an active social programme during this year.

“Artists will also be exhibiting at a number of venues and the club is open every day, where members can enjoy studio facilities as well as the company of like-minded artists.”

The art club’s studio is located on Bridge Street.