A TEACHER is helping budding artists branch out with their work.
Washington’s Sue Stitt has launched an online gallery for artists to sell their work and give people the chance to buy original pieces at affordable prices.
Sue, 52, from Harraton, a part-time literacy and numeracy support teacher, was inspired to create her business when she hit 50 and was looking for a new challenge.
Her mother, Marie Little, was an art teacher, and her sons Kenneth and Greg are both at art college.
Sue said: “I decided it would be great to match my own passion for art with helping young artists reach a wider audience than they could on their own.
“My website also gives art-lovers the opportunity to buy work they would not normally get the chance to see and at a price they can probably afford.
“I would recommend setting yourself a new challenge to anyone, as I have learnt such a great deal about everything from social media to website development over the last few months and, despite the steep learning curve, have found starting up my business really satisfying.”
Her website, upandcomingart.co.uk, has a work by award-winning artists from all over the country including three from the North East, and she is also looking for further artists to contribute.
Sue found some of her current artists through researching degree final shows at top art colleges around the country and decided to work with artists who use a range of media including ceramics, oils, woodcut and pencil.
Prices for pieces on her website start at £32 for a group of ceramic vases, and the majority of art is under £100.
Sue’s ambition is to own an art gallery, provide art classes for children and develop an art therapy facility.