YOUNG artist Nel Hume is making her mark on the art scene with a selection of contemporary abstract paintings on display as part of a winter exhibition at Leyburn Arts Centre.

The teenager, from Gilling West, who has been selling her original paintings from a make-shift studio at home, has begun to attract the attention of local galleries, and the exhibition at Leyburn marks the start of a series of exhibitions over the coming months which will showcase her exceptional talent and unique expressionist style.

Nel said: “I am so excited to be exhibiting my work at a local gallery. A lot of my paintings are inspired by the light and landscape of the Yorkshire Dales, so Leyburn is the perfect place to see them up on display. I’ve already made some sales, so it’s going to be a busy month for me.”

The exhibition at Leyburn, which has been extended to January 12, features the work of 12 other artists: sculpture to textile work and landscape to portrait painting.

Gallery curator Howard Firth says: “At Leyburn Arts Centre we are really passionate about community art and fostering the talent of young artists. It is a real pleasure to be showcasing Nel’s work, and visitors have already been impressed by the quality and maturity of her paintings.

“It is quite rare for such a young artist to produce such challenging abstract work.”

The exhibition is free to enter; information about Nel Hume can be found at her website or on her Instagram page @nelamberhume.