PAINTER Emma Horsfield has brought a fantasy world to life in her new exhibition at Castleford’s Bridge Arts centre.
The Pontefract mum-of-six – who started selling her paintings and pastel drawings last year – launched the exhibition at the Sagar Street venue on Thursday.
Mrs Horsfield, 38, of Chequerfield Avenue, who has had no formal art training, said: “I have exhibited my work all across the country, including Brick Lane and the Misty Moon Gallery in London, but I am very pleased to bring my art to Castleford.
“I love painting and I do it every day but the real joy is knowing that someone out there is going to enjoy looking at it.
“My style is sort of my own. A lot of fantasy art can look like a cartoon but I try to make it as realistic as possible while also using the bright colours.
“I can use anything I see lying around the house for inspiration.
“There are pictures of my own My Little Pony toys which I had when I was a child, and characters from famous children’s books which I remember reading.
“It’s only in the last year I’ve been able to really focus on my art and make some money from it after spending the last ten years raising six children.
“But now I’m totally addicted and hope to eventually open my own gallery and share my work with as many people as possible.”
Mrs Horsfield works from a studio in her home and has been commissioned by businesses and individuals to paint portraits and landscape pictures since last year.
Her fantasy paintings and prints – which range in price between £35 and £230 – will be displayed at the centre until the end of the month.
Mandy Williams, Bridge Arts’ manager, said: “Emma’s art is beautiful and unique. The picture she paints are so imaginative that they are the perfect form of escape.
“It is wonderful for Bridge Arts’ visitors to have such a talent artist display her work in our gallery.
“Her work is a real inspiration and has already proved to be very popular.”
To have a look at Emma’s pictures visit www.emmahorsfield.co.uk or like her page on Facebook by searching for Alternative Portrait Artist Emma Horsfield.