AN artist has opened her own gallery in Cardigan and hopes to be able to offer other artists help in showcasing their work in the future.

Jemma Webster, originally from Ripley in Derbyshire, has launched Oriel Webster at Quay Street in the town.

The 34-year-old artists specialises in portraits in different mediums, including acrylic and black pen and ink.

“I have been trying to find a gallery to show my work and could not find anyone who was interested,” said Jemma.

“I started thinking if I did not do something to help myself, then nothing would happen.

“My family have got together to help me rent this space and I have it until at least November. If I can make a go of it then I would like to show other artists’ work as well and give them the chance I did not have myself.”

One of her works currently hanging in the gallery is of Barnes Wallis, best known for inventing the bouncing bomb used by the Royal Air Force in the Dambusters raid during World War II.

He too was born in Jemma’s home town of Ripley and the portrait won her first prize at the Buxton Open back in Derbyshire.

As well as real life portraits, she also uses images from photographs to piece together works.

Jemma has been interested in art since a young age and after studying at the University of Leeds, she describes herself as a “jobbing artist since I graduated in 2005”.

At one stage, she drew a comic which she sold at conventions.

“Having my own gallery is a dream come true,” added Jemma.

“I will be working here and people are more than welcome to come in to see what I do.”

A well as stand-out large pictures, Jemma draws cards and also enjoys designing bags and t-shirts. She is also available for commissions.

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