Chris Edmund has international film star Hugh Jackman to thank for his first art exhibition.
The head of acting at the WA Academy of Performing Arts is also a director and writer who took up painting to overcome a creative lull on advice from the Wolverine star.
"I was blocked as a writer and Hugh mentioned that he had a colleague in New York who had got stuck in his music and who took up another art form to try and release and free himself to regain his inspiration," Edmund says.
"So I went and bought paints and canvases and started splashing away. It worked, and I am in one of the most creative periods of my life."
Edmund has trained many leading actors in 25 years at WAAPA, including Jackman, Frances O'Connor, Jai Courtney and William McInnes. Edmund's work is showing at Kurb Gallery, 312A William Street, Perth, from Sunday to October 11.