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Work of local Artist is to feature in Belfast exhibition

Jane Witherspoon

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Jane Witherspoon

A local artist is set to have her work showcased at a Belfast art exhibition next month.

Jenny Jackson's exhibition, 'Beyond Worlds' will run from December 11 to 16 at the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast on University Road.

Jenny, a past pupil of Ballymena Academy, has been a budding artist since her school days.

Speaking about how her love of art evolved, Jenny told the Guardian: "What got me into art in the first place was being inspired by my aunts and uncles in who had the ability to draw and who encouraged me to hone my abilities.

"Some of my older family members also used to own a paint shop in Ballymena town and I’m sure from that inception I knew I would be an artist one day!

"I definitely think growing up I was 100% supported, by all my family, to pursue what makes me happy, and what truly makes me happy is being able to convey how I feel as well as the thoughts in my head getting translated to lines or colour on a page."

Jenny studied architecture at University, which provides inspiration for most of her works of art.

She said: "I find that my architectural degree helped to refine my artistry in that I find satisfaction in incredible detail and line work.

"A lot of my pieces are heavily influenced by my travels and fantasy books so hopefully that comes across in the exhibition."

Jenny's pieces feature a lot of architectural surrealism, world mythology as well as nature, including birds, trees and wildlife.

The art is predominantly on paper, with Jenny using pen, pencil and watercolour to depict the fine detail her work.

Jenny is looking forward to the exhibition, but is starting to feel some nerves.

She said: "I’m feeling a little bit nervous about showcasing my artwork atthe moment but I know that this is the first step towards making art a full time commitment, which is the dream!

"I’m also equally happy that I finally get to bare my soul to the world, in terms of my art, as it isn’t an easy thing to exhibit such personal pieces.

"It took a while for me to get the confidence to actually go out and speak to art directors, curators, art gallery owners and for me to book the exhibition space. Small steps towards big dreams!"

There will be 20 pieces on display at the exhibition and everyone is welcome to go along and show their support.

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