Hannah’s brush with The Mall Galleries in London

A LOCAL artist who works from her garden studio in Horsell has been shortlisted for a national award from thousands of hopefuls, with her work being exhibited at London’s prestigious Mall Galleries later this month.

Hannah Bruce’s artwork, Flowers in Atmospheric Blue and Orange Oil (below, photographed by Stephen Rush), was selected for the finals of the Artists & Illustrators Artist of the Year Award, and will go on show at the Federation of British Artists’ distinguished gallery from 22 to 27 February, when the vote will go public.

There are £10,000 of potential prizes up for grabs for the artists, with the overall winner announced in due course.

Hannah, who lives in the village with husband Jason and their five-year-old son Henry, fits in her professional painting around family life.

She told the News & Mail: “I’m a stay at home mum doing my painting, so its a job during school hours, really.

“There is a very high standard in the exhibition and some of the artists are better known than me. I’m just thrilled to be part of the whole thing, so if I gain the public vote as well, that would be a bonus.”

Hannah, who is Chairman of the Woking Society of Arts, will be showing an artwork at the War of the Worlds exhibition at The Lightbox in March, and has a number of entries is a competition for designing Horsell Village signs.

To vote for Hannah or to view her portfolio visit artistsandillustrators.co.uk/bruce2015.

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