Artist inspired by her children

Chatburn artist Helen Smith with one of her paintings, currently on show at Whalley Library.

Chatburn artist Helen Smith with one of her paintings, currently on show at Whalley Library.

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paintings by talented local artist Helen Smith are currently on display at Whalley Library.

Inspired largely by her own children, the exhibition incoudes work which Chatburn-based Helen has submitted for her degree in Fine Art.

Writing about the exhibition, Helen states: “The three larger pieces are works from my final exhibition. The works are studies of my children from snapshots I have taken myself.

“In these painting’s I hope to capture a mother’s loving, proud eye... while at the same time trying to preserve these precious moments as they grow.

“My influences are Francis Cadell and Johannes Vermeer. Cadell’s powerful and confident use of colour is something I like to use in my own work, giving my painting’s energy. I also try to capture the use of strong lighting and a domestic tranquillity, as seen in Vermeer’s paintings.”

The exhibition at Whalley Library runs throughout September and admission is free.