Talented teen is showcasing her stunning work

R�is�n Lyst with one of her pieces of art.
R�is�n Lyst with one of her pieces of art.

A talented 16-year-old schoolgirl is showcasing her eye-catching artwork in a solo exhibition.

Róisín Lyst, from Thrunton, is the Artist of the Month at the Cheviot Centre, in Wooler.

The exhibition, which runs from now until October 29, includes animal studies in watercolour and ink.

Róisín is studying GCSE art at Alnwick’s Duchess’s Community High School and has developed a successful pet-portrait business since her first commission, aged 13.

She has clients as far afield as Czech Republic, Canada, Dubai and New Zealand and previously exhibited her work at Kelso Civic Week alongside her grandfather Andrew Binnie, who is a landscape painter, and her aunt Carol Binnie, a watercolour artist and art teacher at the Royal High School, Edinburgh.

Since 2015, she has produced sets of animal-themed Christmas cards and has plans for a new set this Christmas.

She said: “I’ve exhibited a few of my paintings at the Alnwick Playhouse and at Kelso Civic Week for the last few years, but it’s great to be asked to do my own exhibition.”

Róisín started painting her friends’ pets while attending Wooler’s Glendale Middle School. When she’s not painting, she can usually be found working with horses or looking after her beloved chickens.

She said: “I have loved both animals and art from a young age and started my business when I was 13 to try to generate pocket money, but since then it has blossomed and I am now taking worldwide commissions and exhibiting my work.”

For details, visit https://roisinlystart.com

Her exhibition is in the Cheviot Hall. Entry is free, but sometimes the room is used for other things. Call 01668 282406 to check that it is available to view the exhibition.