portrait by Jody
for £1.7million from Sunderland in August 2003, Craddock's
become a firm favourite at Molineux and he's the only player to
have played in every one of the club's games this season.
there is more to the Bromsgrove-born defender than meets the eye.
He's a talented artist and over the last few years he's sold paintings
at art shows across the country and has shown his work in several
galleries in the Midlands and the North East.
contempary portraits and landscapes sell for £500 upwards
and customers have included former Wolves Chairman Sir Jack Hayward,
Sunderland manager Mick McCarthy and many Premier League players.
began to draw and paint as a child and he has honed his skills over
the years. Critical acclaim has followed and he is already planning
for a career as a painter when his football career comes to an end.
He plans to set up a gallery to market his own work and that of
and his wife, Shelley, recently moved into their new home in Worcestershire
and plans are in place for a studio in the converted farmhouse near
a young player, Jody was convinced that he would never make it in
the big-time and made it his business to acquire skills and qualifications
to safeguard his future.
always painted, though, and now it seems that he could make his
living in front of his easel. As an apprentice player he was unable
to afford the materials to paint. Oils paints and canvasses are
expensive and he simply couldn't afford them.
now his Premiership wages allow him to indulge himself and he tries
to paint every day. His favourite subjects are the very players
that he faces every week on the pitch.
his studio there is currently a Premier League dream team. Ruud
van Nistelroy, Thierry Henri and Frank Lampard are his latest subjects,
but he jokes that he has painted a team that would cost £100
million to assemble in real-life.
stars like Noel Gallagher, Paul McCartney and Jimi Hendrix are favourites
immortalised in oils and portraits of film stars like Al Pacino
grace the walls of his new home. Landscapes are his new passion,
especially exotic sea-side locations.
allows the defender to relax and chill-out at home. It provides
him with a chance to leave the pressure of the Premier League behind.
He says that he often sits down to paint and then realises that
several hours have passed in the blink of an eye.
admits to being slightly shy and while his team-mates are out on
the town, he is more than likely in front of a canvass working on
his latest creation. He's just gone on-line with his own website
to showcase his art to potential customers and to those who are
simply interested in his work. The site is at www.craddock-art.com.