Christopher Newbrook is jailed over child sex images
An artist who led a "double life" has been jailed after child pornography images were found on his computer.
Christopher Newbrook, 47, formerly of Weston Road, Strood, was sentenced to 15 months at Maidstone Crown Court.
Officers from Kent Police raided Newbrook's house on 19 August after tracking him online.
They discovered thousands of "vile images" on his computer and memory stick, as well as documents in which he discussed child abuse.
Newbrook, who has a studio based in Rochester, admitted 21 counts of making indecent images of children at the court on Friday.
He also admitted two counts of distributing indecent photographs and three counts of publishing indecent articles.
Det Con Heather Spencer, of Kent Police, said: "Newbrook seemed to live a double life.
"On one hand a respected artist and on the other he engaged in the viewing and distributing of these vile images.
"He clearly had no concept of the possibility that he was encouraging child abuse by doing so."