Local artist Lorna Hamilton
LOCAL artist Lorna Hamilton has had her
'American dream' come true after her painting was chosen to be
part of a prestigious wildlife exhibition which will be held in
Denver, Colorado, in October.
Lorna, who specialises in wildlife and
portrait art, was accepted as an associate member of the Society
of Animal Artists, New York, earlier this year. Following her
acceptance, Lorna's first submitted painting, entitled
'Waiting', was chosen to be exhibited at the 47th Annual
Exhibition of The Society of Animal Artists.
Lorna commented, "It was great to be
accepted, I've been painting for almost 13 years professionally
so it is a reward for all the hard times when things aren't
going so well. It's not just a great achievement, but it is
recognition of all the hard work and effort over the years.
Doors are just opening to success, I'm on the right path now.
Lorna will now travel to Colorado in October
where she will attend the opening night of the exhibition, where
her work will remain until February.
"It is amazing to be actually going to see my
work exhibited," she stated. "The artists my work will be
hanging beside are artists I have regularly looked at and looked
to for inspiration.
"This will give me an opportunity to
establish links with galleries out there, I hope to have my work
represented in America full' time. I also would like to have my
work recognised in Ireland and mainland Britain, in America
there is a different approach, there are galleries solely
committed to wildlife art, it's highly sought after so I hope
that I can also have my work recognised here."
Lorna, who has been working from her studio
in her home in Saintfield since graduating from the University
of Ulster in 1995, could also find her work travelling
throughout the US in a year-long exhibition. "A number of work's
are selected to travel across America," said Lorna, "It would be
absolutely amazing to be accepted.
"I've become interested in wildlife art in
the last five years, its been a gradual process but I've found
my niche now, this is something that I can get excited about."