A woman who grew up in rural Yorkshire is striving to make it big in the art world by depicting cityscapes.
Former Tadcaster Grammar School pupil Sian Lewis has taken up residence in Amsterdam where she has already had an exhibition of her detailed drawings.
“I’ve always drawn, becoming particularly inspired while studying A Level Art at Tadcaster Grammar School, but after completing my Masters in Gender Studies at the University of Amsterdam, I decided to stay here and dedicate more time to my illustrations,” Sian told the Wetherby News.
“I work under the alias Original City Artwork and through my illustrations I aim to portray the beauty, grit and intricacies of cities, towns and villages around the world.”
Born and brought up in Newton Kyme, near Tadcaster, the 25-year-old added that she still has a strong connection to her home county.
“I find the city of Amsterdam highly inspiring and there is a great deal of opportunity here, but I still love to do illustrations of my home - Yorkshire.”
Among her work are images of Robin Hoods Bay, the Dales and Tadcaster.
Sian works mainly on a commission basis with people sending her an image they want turning into an illustration.
“It might be their home, a place they’ve been on holiday, their favourite destination etc but they send me a photo for me to use as inspiration.
“So far I’ve mainly done illustrations for people all over the UK and in the Netherlands, but some have gone as far as Turkey, Thailand and even Australia.”
Sian works mainly in black and white using fine line pen and normally on an A4 or A3 paper size and sell for between £70 and £100.
“My illustrations are highly detailed and are quite time consuming but it’s always worth it when they’re finished,” added Sian.
From the recent exhibition in Amsterdam she said she sold prints and originals and is looking forward to another next week in the Dutch city.
Looking further into the future and developing her career, Sian added: “Eventually, I hope to be able to have my own exhibitions, particularly back in the UK, around the North Yorkshire area.”
More of Sian’s work can be viewed via her facebook page- facebook.com/originalcityartwork or her website www.originalcityartwork.com.