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Artist's work inspired by Ireland's Own pen friends

A PAINTING inspired by the Pen Friends pages of Ireland's Own is among the works that Rosslare Harbour artist Jackie Edwards has entered into the selection process for a major exhibition in Belfast.

Having completed a series of nine character studies, she has entered a piece entitled 'Wild Rover' into the selection process for the Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition. Selection for this prestigious gallery is exclusive and just 17% of those who enter are successful. However, Jackie remains hopeful that she might just make the cut with his oil on linen image.

Jackie previously did some illustration work for Ireland's Own, and the link in the painting is completed by text in one of the adverts that tells how one of the men looking for love 'enjoys reading Ireland's Own, if you please!'

This picture is her ninth and final piece in this particular series. She chose to focus on the Ireland's Own because she described the publication as 'a direct connection with Wexford' and she wanted the last of the collection to be a small tribute to the town that her father's side of the family come from and she herself has lived in for over 34 years.

Another of her works is a character study of the wellknown Frank Sinnott, entitled 'Bad Press'.

According to Jackie, this piece 'nearly went viral' when it was uploaded to Facebook.

Jackie will find out at the end of August whether she has been selected for showing in the RUA Annual Exhibition. Her other pictures in this series have already been picked up by galleries in Scotland and Dublin. Afterwards, in November her entire collection will be shown at a gallery in Berlin.