He’d been painting in his spare time for a while – so he called the collectors that bought his work and let them know that he would be available full time.
“You have to go deep, you get to know everything around you, you have to be observant,” says Jimbo.
“Observe everything, nature, the people, the colour of the street. That’s what I’ve been doing.”
Then one morning in 2009 he woke up and found he couldn’t walk.
“My head was too heavy, and half of it was hurting, especially behind the eyeball,” he says.
It was a debilitating stroke – leaving him facing a long, and expensive, recovery.
“When I had the stroke I didn’t paint for six or eight months, I couldn’t hold a single brush,” he says.
“It was really hard – you have to start all over again, you get used to the paint again, the stroke, you have to find it out again. You have to practise it again, the knowledge of the colour to evaluate everything.”