Exhibition for Wanda’s work

Derby Cathedral’s June exhibition, Vibrant Colours of Nature, by Wanda Brookes, runs from until June 29, Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm, in the Sir Richard Morris Lounge at the Cathedral Centre.

Wanda, who lives in Wirksworth, is a regular contributor to the Wirksworth Festival and specialises in watercolour paintings.

With a background in interior design and textiles, she took a degree in Fine Art at Derby University, graduating in 2003.

In 2011, she won an award at the Derby Open Competition which gave her three months rent-free use of a studio at Banks Mill. There she branched out from watercolour into oils.

Wanda said: “My love of landscape stems from my early childhood playing in an old cave at Anchor Church at Ingleby, which was my retreat. I loved to look up at the clouds and the transient ever changing light on the hills. ”

Derby Cathedral’s exhibition officer, Geoff Robson, said: “Vibrant Colours of Nature will surprise anyone who has only seen her watercolours. I was amazed at the vibrancy of the colours I saw when I visited her at Banks Mill.

“One of the great pleasures of visiting artists as part of my work is to see them develop their style and the scope of their subject matter.”