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Little Thurlow artist Elizabeth Gunns shows talent with debut show

Elizabeth Gunns has recently given up work to be a full time artist - currently exhibiting her work at Depden farm shop.

Elizabeth Gunns has recently given up work to be a full time artist - currently exhibiting her work at Depden farm shop.

A talented young artist has seen her plunge into drawing full time rewarded with a successful first exhibition

A talented young artist has seen her plunge into drawing full time rewarded with a successful first exhibition

Elizabeth Gunns, 22, returned home to Little Thurlow after she finished studying Illustration at Plymouth University in June.

She then worked part time at Ickworth House while continuing to draw in her spare time.

Beth took the decision to leave that job to start drawing full time, and last Wednesday (November 7) held her first exhibition as her work was put on display at the Depden Farm Shop.

“It was fantastic – I sold 17 pieces in the first night and five more the following day,” she said.

Her work will remain on display in the shop until January.

Pieces that have been bought will remain up for a fortnight before being passed on to the owner, and Beth will then replace it with a new piece of her artwork.

“I spoke to a woman at the gallery in Clare and she said ‘if you’re going to be an artist go and do it’.

“I’m really fortunate as I’ve been well supported, having moved back in with my parents and when I asked them they said that’s fine.

“When I’d been looking for jobs they were all based in London, and I can’t commute there and can’t live there, so at the moment it’s all about networking in this area and appealing to people around here.

“Taking the plunge into drawing full time was really scary and I was shaking for three days after leaving my job thinking ‘what the hell have I done?’

“I’d gone from a regular income to having nothing, and I thought that if nothing happens by January I’ll look to get a job back, but it’s been a complete success and amazed me, so now I hope to keep on doing it.

Beths now hopes to build on the promising start to her career and eventually move into illustrating children’s book covers.

For more information or to order some of Beth’s work e-mail beth@elizabethgunnsillustrations.co.uk or follow @Beth_illus on Twitter.

For all the latest news see Thursday’s (November 22) Echo.

 

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