AWARD-winning Craven artist Linda Mellin will launch her first every print collection this Saturday at AC Gallery in Skipton.

Linda, who recently was awarded Yorkshire Life Landscape Artist of the Year 2017, will display her work at the gallery, which is located at 2 Victoria Court, Victoria Street.

AC Gallery owner Mike Baggs said: “We are very excited to be part of Linda’s first steps into the wider art market and thrilled that she has chosen us to work with to launch and promote her wonderful work.

“The detail in her paintings is incredible and they capture the areas so well.

“I am sure her work is going to be very very popular and to be there from day one is exciting.

“We will have all her prints on sale as well as the original award-winning paintings – we are the first to show them anywhere so please do come along and see the work. Anyone who loves the Dales will love these.”

As a Yorkshire lass, Linda is thrilled to have been awarded the Yorkshire Life Landscape Painter of the Year for 2017.

Born, brought up and living on a working Dales farm, Linda has lived close to nature all of her life.

Painting and sketching have always been integral in her life and for four years Linda studied Graphic Design at York, culminating with a distinction in Industrial Art and Design.

As a student when working on thumbnail sketches for designs, she frequently had her initial designs torn up by her tutor for putting in too much detail.

Thirty years on she still gets lost in the detail – spending hours perfecting each part of the layout of her paintings before she even starts to apply the paint.

After art school, Linda worked as a graphic designer before the farm and family life took over.

As her family were growing up, she taught herself to paint in watercolour mainly working to commission on landscapes and animal portraits.

Not long ago she started to paint in acrylic, loving the vibrant colours the medium allows.

She is inspired by her love of Yorkshire life, and never tires of its seasons, the wildlife, the animals she works with and stunning countryside.

Her leaning towards graphic design and love of country life is reflected in her paintings.