FOR Warrington painter Gordon Humphreys one of the secrets of painting is keeping your eyes open.

And his approach is clearly a big success judging by his new exhibition at The World of Glass in St Helens.

At a private view for the show in the Godfrey Pilkington Gallery Gordon’s work was very well received and has already notched up considerable sales.

The title of the show, Reflections, sums up his current work - many of the paintings show reflected local urban and industrial scenes around Merseyside and South West Lancashire.

“I am often fascinated by what is reflected in mirrors, shop windows or water,” he explains.

“It’s amazing what you notice if you really keep your eyes open.

“You can get intriguing glimpses of what lies behind the glass blended with the scene it reflects.

Gordon taught art and design until he retired and admits he always encouraged his students to really look at things as opposed to just seeing them.

“These days I am painting full time and find much of my subject matter around the urban areas of Merseyside, especially places such as Liverpool’s Albert Dock and the area around the city’s cathedrals.”

Other locations have included Paris and Manhattan while he makes regular trips to the St Ives area of Cornwall where the cliffs and seascapes have always attracted artists.

Reflections runs at The World of Glass until July 18.