A TALENTED young artist is making a name for herself in Morpeth thanks to some business backing.
Kate Simpson has been doing paintings and drawings for friends and local residents over the last few years.
And now the university student, who lives in Longhorsley, has decided to take it a step further by asking shops and practices to exhibit her impressive work.
She has already had some success, with Rutherfords of Morpeth and the Alnorthumbria Veterinary Group among those that have agreed to put up some of her pieces.
Kate said: “I love drawing and painting, whether it’s people, animals, nature or landscapes. I do them in my free time to chill out and relax.
“A friend asked for a commission for her 16th birthday present and things took off from there through word of mouth. The works have helped with funding my uni costs.
“I then thought it would be worth asking some businesses if I could put some of my work on display inside their shops, which would also help me to get some feedback from members of the public. I’m thrilled with the response I’ve had and I’m very grateful to the owners for their generosity. I must also thank friend of the family Anne Redpath for her help with this.”
The 20-year-old studied fine art, graphics and photography at A-Level as a King Edward VI School student and she did a one-year foundation diploma in Art and Design at Newcastle College before starting a Motion Graphics and Animation degree at Northumbria University in September 2010.
“My course involves digital work, character design with 3D modelling and doing tasks with computer programmes that are used by companies like Pixar and Dreamworks,” she added.
“It’s hard work but I don’t mind because it’s really enjoyable.”
“I will see how things work out over the next year-and-a-half before deciding on which direction to take my career.”
Rutherfords of Morpeth owner Richard Rutherford said: “We did this before for a photographer, so I was happy for some of Kate’s superb drawings to go on display for a few weeks in the store.
“It’s good for the community that we can provide the space for talented young artists to showcase their work.”