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.