Stuart Haywood feature in Burton Mail having an exhibition of my artwork of him in May

Stuart Haywood feature in Burton Mail having an exhibition of my artwork of him in May

(This is the article in the Burton Mail that Stuart Haywood had today, to promote naturism, and the exhibition he is holding of my artwork of him in May. )

I became a naturist at 72 and ‘you’re never too old to be naked’

Stuart Haywood says no-one should be ashamed of their body

Naturist and retired accountant Stuart Haywood, who only got into taking his clothes off in front of others at the age of 72, says “you’re never too old to be naked and should never be ashamed of your body”. Stuart is now 85 and regularly goes on holidays to a naturist park.

He says he is never embarrassed to be naked in front of other like-minded people and spending his holiday without wearing any clothes lifts his spirits. He visits the naturist holiday park with his wife Rhonda, 91, who is not a naturist but fully supports her husband and is happy to be around others who like to walk around naked as she keeps her clothes on.

Stuart, who lives in Swadlincote, got into naturism by chance when he attended a life drawing art class with a naked model and knew there and then he could happily get naked in from of others. since then he has never looked back, although goes not walk around his home and garden in Midway naked as it is close to other homes and Stuart would never want to cause offence to others who not share his passion for naturism.

Now Stuart is preparing for his lifestyle take centre stage in an exhibition featuring pictures and drawings of him naked for the first time. He only entered the world of naturism in 2008 and before this, the only person he had been naked in front of for more than 50 years was Rhona.

The couple visit Lakeside Farm Naturist Holidays, near Skegness, in Lincolnshire two weeks a year. And that is where holidaymakers will be able to glimpse Stuart in all his glory in the exhibition which will be on a public display on May 14.

He said: “This will be my first time this year going to Lakeside so I will be making my debut. The exhibition came into my head after the owner of Lakeside often likes people to contribute [to events]. I thought it was an opportunity to do something for the Lakeside members.”

Stuart’s naked exhibition has more than 50 items in 27 plastic pockets. There are 10 nude studies of him in pencil sketches, drawings and watercolours; there are eight articles in newspapers or magazines; and seven pockets of photos, certificates and the service of the Haywoods’ renewal of marriage vows which Stuart took naked. He would also like to hold the exhibition locally, but in fairness he admits his locations are limited.

The retired accountant and greengrocer, he said: “We attended a life drawing class in Swadlincote in 2008 and I thought ‘I can do that’ and I was put in touch with artist Jackie Adshead.” Stuart remembers well the first time he got naked for the artist, event hat he sat down for her at 1pm on December 13, 2008, and this was the moment his life changed as he embraced naturism.

However, he never managed to persuade Rhona to follow in his footsteps. He said: “Rhona is not a naturist, but is perfectly comfortable around people with no clothes on.

“Rhona goes along with it but she’s not a naturist herself. She wouldn’t dream of taking her clothes off, but she’s quite happy surrounded by naked people. It doesn’t bother her.”

When asked how many hours a day does he think he is naked for, he surprisingly answers that he is never naked at home. He said: “Where we live we live in a bungalow with houses all around us and a pathway right near our window. Our garden is also surrounded by houses so I think when I go to Lakeside it just enhances my enjoyment. I have a lift in spirits when I take my clothes off. It is a sense of freedom. You’re never too old to be naked and should never be ashamed of your body.”

Lakeside Farm includes a swimming pool, hot tub and a communal room for people to meet as many people turn up in their caravans. The Haywoods even renewed his wedding vows there – and the vicar turned up naked. Stuart was also naked, of course, but Rhona decided to remain fully kitted.

In 2020, despite the world lockdown in the pandemic, the couple celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary and planted some roses near the entrance to Rosliston Forestry Centre. Stuart admitted he would like to attend naked but said, understandably, it is not feasible.

I've been an artist all of my life, and my paintings now hang on walls in Europe, USA and Canada. I'm working on getting them on the other continents! My wide range of artwork has been exhibited nearer to home in the East Midlands, with the Guild of Erotic Artists at Beaumont Hall Studios in Hertfordshire, and at "Erotica", Olympia, London. I have also been featured alongside my work in the Guild of Erotic Artists book (volume 2). I love to create dramatic interest in my pictures, whether it’s to paint an unusual landscape, or just to utilise dramatic lighting in my figure drawings or strong colour in my animal portraits. Delighting in the spontaneous tendencies of watercolour adds an interesting and distinctive look to my paintings, some of which are purposefully ambiguous, enabling the viewer to use their own interpretation of my artwork. I also love to hide images, and humour within my paintings, whether it’s a secret message, or an erotic couple hidden within a landscape, or even an erotic landscape where the couple are camouflaged as the features of the land itself. I am equally happy painting in oils, acrylics or watercolours and love to draw with pencil or ink. I have also developed the very effective method of drawing using white pencil on black card which creates dramatic pictures by just picking out where the light catches the body and leaving the rest of the image to the imagination, in darkness. I can also utilise many different styles, whether it is realistic, abstract, surrealistic, erotic, fantasy or camouflage art where something is hidden within the painting. I'm just passionate about my art, whatever I paint! But, it doesn't matter how many landscapes or pet portraits I paint, its always the erotic stuff that people are interested in! I started blogging to share some of the strange conversations I have with the people I meet. But its evolved into far more than that now.

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