An artist is pleased with the success of her art exhibition in Hexham.

Karen Thompson, 61, was pleased the attendance of her friends and family on the opening night of her art exhibition at the Forum Cinema, Hexham.

Karen, of Great Lumley, has been an artist for 12 years but did not like the subject at school, which shocked many.

She said: "I have been an artist for 12 years however I disliked art at school so I never thought I would be one.

"I went part-time to care for my mam and joined a little art club in the village and it's spiralled from there.

"I've sold several pictures in USA, I've had an exhibition at Redhills for the Miners Gala, I've currently got paintings in Spennymoor Town Hall Art Gallery and Bishop Auckland Town Hall."

"My claim to fame is that Dennis Skinner has one of my paintings."

Karen's son, Keiron Thompson, 33 spoke about his mam's work.

He said: "I am over the moon with the work my mam has done. I am very very proud of her, not only has she developed this work but she has brought many people together to view it."

Cllr Trevor Cessford and Gordon Stewart also attended the opening night.

Cllr Trevor, of Hexham Central said: "I think it is absolutely fantastic. I spoke to the artist earlier - it is unbelievable that she never done any art when she was at school. If you look at the art now - you would not believe it.

"After tonight, we are going to try and get Karen's work more recognised and seen across Northumberland.

Cllr Gordon,of Prudhoe, also adds: "I met Karen in Prudhoe at the Miners Lamp Cafe and community hub, I hope her artwork goes strength to strength in the future."

Speaking about the night, Karen said: "I was really worried no one would turn up, however, I was wrong.

"I would like to thank all my family and friends and councillors for all their support."

The expedition is at the Forum cinema till 13 February.