STEP into a fantasy world as part of a new art exhibition in Hexham.

Helen Sturtiuant’s surreal artwork has captured the interest of more than 18,000 people since she first shared her artwork on Instagram.

Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at 16, drawing and painting provided a welcome distraction from the frequent hospital trips and weeks of being bedbound.

Wildlife, both otherworldly and real, is a speciality of Helen’s, capturing everything from winged horses and dragons to birds and bees on canvas through acrylics or ink.

The exhibition runs until July 9 at the Forum Cinema.