A YOUNG artist is hoping to turn her hobby into a full-time career after success at her first exhibition.
Kate Simpson has already shown her creative skills to graduate with a first in animation from Northumbria University in July.
But watercolour is her passion and she loves nothing better than depicting animals found near her home in Longhorsley.
Last weekend, the 22-year-old presented her paintings to the public in an exhibition at Morpeth Town Hall and it proved such a hit that she is hopeful of turning her artistic flair into a business.
She said: “This was my first-ever exhibition showing off my original work.
“I’ve gone back to traditional art now, using watercolours and focusing on animals. I paint all kinds of animals, especially horses, cows and sheep I see in the Northumberland area, but I also do commissioned work of people’s pets.
“The exhibition went really well. It was just nice to know that people appreciated my work and it was lovely to hear nice comments from people.
“I would love to do this full-time. This is what I want to do and it can be a career hopefully. I want to use the exhibition to kick-start this and really give it a go.
“I will definitely put on another exhibition so I’m starting more artwork to hopefully have another one in the spring next year.
“I would love to have my own studio one day. At the moment I’m trying to get grants to help me with this. At the end of the day, I want this to be a business for me, not just a hobby.”
Miss Simpson has always had a love for art, passed down from her creative family. She studied the subject at GCSE and A-Level at Morpeth’s King Edward VI School, where she was encouraged to pursue it by teachers.
“I have always loved drawing,” she said.
“My dad is an artist and my mum is creative as well so it has run along those lines. I got a lot of support from school because the teachers knew that I loved it so much.
“I studied animation because I wanted to try something new and a little bit different, but I couldn’t wait to get back to watercolour and the normal things I paint.”
She added: “I would never really see this as work because I love it so much.”