Northallerton artist captures ice mishap on canvas

Darlington and Stockton Times: Former Northallerton College student Lois Ancell, with her painting, which will appear in an exhibition in London Former Northallerton College student Lois Ancell, with her painting, which will appear in an exhibition in London

A YOUNG artist who froze in paint the image of her brother just before he fell through ice is to exhibit the resulting work in London.

Former Northallerton College student Lois Ancell photographed her brother Jack as he walked across icy floods at Romanby Golf Course.

Seconds later the ice cracked and the 17-year-old fell up to his knees into freezing cold muddy water.

“He was cold and very muddy but at least I got the image I wanted before he fell,” said Lois, 19, of Romanby.

From the photo she used acrylic paint to produce On Ice, an artwork that will now be exhibited at the prestigious Mall Galleries in London from March 4 to 15.

Just 27 pieces nationally have been chosen for the exhibition, which is the result of an annual competition run by the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies in partnership with the Royal Society of British Artists.

Lois and her family will travel down for the private viewing – and the venture will be a double celebration as she will also collect her gold Duke of Edinburgh award while in the capital.

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