AT just 19, not many artists can boast about having their work displayed at a gallery in London or being presented with a top prize by royalty.
But Fleetwood teenager Katie Hampson can.
The former Blackpool Sixth Form College student has had her work displayed twice at the Mall Galleries in the capital, and was recently awarded the editor’s prize from top industry publication The Artist.
She was presented with her award by Princess Michael of Kent.
Katie also scooped the title of Sixth Form College Artist of the Year in 2010.
In 2011, Katie’s work was selected by the president of the Royal Society of British Arts for an exhibition at the Mall Galleries.
Her most recent achievement was the selection of three of her paintings for the Society of British Women’s Artists annual summer exhibition, again at the Mall.
Katie said: “It was a real shock to find out I had won the editor’s award and to be presented it with by Princess Michael of Kent.
“It was a complete surprise because I really wasn’t expecting it.”
The Bolton University student has earned herself the nickname ‘cowgirl’ because of her love of painting wildlife, especially cows, but also deer and geese.
She uses mixed media, lush coatings of watercolours, creating details with acrylic and Berol pen.
She said: “My paintings are normally of animals – cows, deer and other wildlife.
“I think it’s because I grew up around animals. My family has trained guide dog puppies since I was about 11.
“I will do lots of sketches initially and get used to the anatomy of the animal before I start painting.
“It’s just been a really big year – my first exhibition was at Booths in Lytham, and now my paintings are at a gallery in London.
“It’s just great and has really boosted my confidence.
“I’m still at university, but it would be great if I could turn this into a job – something I really enjoy and love doing.”