Former Holgate student Holly Farmer has just opened her first art exhibition at Hucknall Library.
The 18 year-old art and design student is displaying a mixture of her work from oil portraits to acrylic sketches in a bid to get her work seen by more people.
“This is my first show and it’s a great way to show my work to a larger audience,” said the New College Nottingham student. “All I want to do is be an artist and I am very dedicated and I hope that if I work hard enough I will achieve my dream.”
Holly said her inspiration not only comes from portrait master Lucian Freud but her former art teacher at Holgate, Chris Owen.
“Mrs Owen really encouraged me with my painting and even told me about the Joan Oliver young artist in Notts award which I entered and won last year.
“When she retired the staff commisssioned me to draw her portrait as a leaving present. We are still in touch and I am hoping she will come to my exhibition.”
Portraits are Holly’s passion but she is struggling to find a muse or life model to pose for her and has called upon her sister whose image features within the display.
“I have an art studio in the garden at home and would like a model or new commissions,” added Holly of Nottingham Road, who is always looking at ways to promote her work further.
“My parents are very encouraging - although my mum moans sometimes when I get paint in the house,” she added. “I really love what I do and can’t wait to start my next piece of work,”
Holly has also invited Sherwood MP Mark Spencer who is due to visit the exhibition today, which runs until 22nd December.
“It’s great that the library can promote local talent and help nurture it within the community,” said library manager, Sharon Wells. “We are delighted to welcome Holly and help her with her first exhibition.”
Check out Holly’s work at www.hollyjadeart.co.uk or through Facebook.