Artist Naomi finds herself drawn to Durham

ENGLISH ROSE ... Naomi Blayney is exhibiting her work.
ENGLISH ROSE ... Naomi Blayney is exhibiting her work.
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AN artist has drawn upon Durham’s historic buildings as inspiration for a striking exhibition.

Naomi Blayney, from Chester-le-Street, is celebrating the opening of her first large-scale solo display.

The mum-of-one’s collection of pen and ink drawings are available to view at Durham University throughout May.

The pieces depict landscape and architecture from across the region, with a particular focus on Durham Cathedral and its finer details.

Naomi, who is mum to 20-month-old Nina, said: “Durham as a place is pretty much perfect for a landscape artist.

“Some of the pieces are black and white, and some are in colour.

Durham as a place is pretty much perfect for a landscape artist.

Naomi Blayney, artist

“They’re extremely detailed and it can take me 30 to 50 hours to do one.”

As well as being commissioned for pieces, Naomi, who works as a project manager at Durham University, has been invited to take part in group exhibitions, but this is her first solo venture. “There’s a series focusing on the cathedral, as well as its details, such as the cloisters,” she explained. “

“I do this part-time, so it takes a while to build up a stock of pictures to sell. This is definitely something I’d like to do more regularly.”

l The English Rose Artwork exhibition is on display at Durham University’s St Cuthbert’s Society, in South Bailey, from May 2 until May 29. It will be open to the public 2pm-4pm on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, or by appointment.