Exhibition puts the focus on art

Artist Kate Simpson (r) and photographer Rebecca Ashworth at Morpeth Chantry where they are displaying some of their work.
Artist Kate Simpson (r) and photographer Rebecca Ashworth at Morpeth Chantry where they are displaying some of their work.
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TWO young artists are putting their skills on show in an exhibition at Morpeth Chantry.

Rebecca Ashworth and Kate Simpson, both 21, are displaying their photographic and illustration talents at the town centre venue throughout the month.

Miss Ashworth, who lives in Widdrington, set up her Sit Stay Capture business, specialising in pet portraits, after discovering her love of photography and passion for working with animals.

She said: “What you see is what you get – no hidden costs, no gimmicks, simple, beautiful photographs that you can use again and again.

“All photoshoots are diverse and all dogs are different, but what I do is make sure customers are at ease and their dog is relaxed in order to get the most natural photographs.

“I love what I do and I love seeing the happiness that comes from showing the clients the finished products.

“Every photoshoot I do includes a ten per cent donation to charity and I help where I can by providing shoots for charity auctions.

“I feel incredibly lucky to have this opportunity to display my work at The Chantry. It was difficult to decide which photographs to exhibit as I have so many favourites.”

Morpeth-based Miss Simpson set up Kate Simpson Artwork after being inspired to draw by the beauty of the Northumberland countryside.

She has studied Fine Art, Graphics and Photography through GCSE and A-Level and continues to broaden her talent in the art and design industry after accepting a place at Northumbria University to study Motion Graphics.

She has recently drawn six highly-detailed illustrations to raise money for Help for Heroes and will be selling prints alongside the originals.

“I love art. It’s extremely relaxing and therapeutic. It also allows me the opportunity to meet new people with similar interests in animals,” she said.

“I am really looking forward to showcasing my work at The Chantry, as well as demonstrating via video my speed drawing techniques.”