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Meet the woman behind artworks; Diana reveals tips.

Byline: SUSANNA BAINS News Correspondent editorial@examiner.co.uk

FANCY yourself as a bit of an art buff? Then why not make a date with local artist Diana Osmolska this Saturday? The talented 18-year-old will be offering insights into her worK at a meet-the-artist event, which is part of an exhibition of her paintings. Younger visitors will also be able to have a go at creating their own masterpiece in Diana's style, which is inspired by the style of the classical landscape painter Joseph Mallord William Turner.

Polish-born Diana, who now lives in Dewsbury, came to Huddersfield when she was 12.

She started painting seascapes and buildings to help deal with her new experiences, soon finding the process of self-expression was helping her adjust to her new life in Huddersfield.

She is now studying architecture at Manchester University. "I developed an interest in the space I was living in - the buildings across the street, where we parKed the car, what was around me when travelling to school, going shopping or seeing my friends,'' she said.

"It really helped me connect to where I was living." It's no surprise, therefore, that Diana's worK demonstrates a fascination with the places and people of KirKlees.

Her art is so eye-catching it won her start-up funding from KirKlees Youth Enterprise Centre last year. Diana has shown her paintings several times in the Huddersfield area, including the PacKhorse Gallery in the town centre and Greenhead College, where she studied.

Creative Arts Hub exhibition organiser MarK Milnes, said Diana's larger pieces, in particular, have a real impact in the space. "The paintings are bold and lively, with a freedom, energy and confidence that is highly unusual for someone of Diana's age," said MarK. "These are fantastically lively and vibrant paintings that point to a bright future for Diana as an artist," he adds.

Diana's exhibition is running until February 8 at the Creative Arts Hub, Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, WF14 8AB. You can meet the artist on Saturday, January 18, from 1pm to 3pm.

The Hub's FacebooK page, at creativeartshubmirfield, has further information about events and activities.

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Date:Jan 17, 2014
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