Avril’s art puts her top of the class!

An art student had the thrill of having one of her works feature in a national arts magazine but she was not allowed to buy the mag!

Avril Cunningham, who attends Dundee College, was informed that one of her paintings, depicting the Forth Bridge at night, would be reproduced in Leisure Painter, the UK’s premier leisure painting magazine.

Unfortunately, when the second year HND contemporary art and design student tried to purchase the magazine in a supermarket the sale was refused because the item would not scan.

She said: “I found myself pleading with the staff to sell me the mag because my painting was featured. Eventually they relented and just took my money without the item actually scanning.”

Avril took up painting about seven years ago to counteract empty nest syndrome and being semi-retired from the picture framing business run by husband, Scott.

One of their business clients encouraged Avril to join Monifieth Art Society but despite a warm welcome it took her months before she could actually sketch in front of anyone. Gaining confidence Avril joined Broughty Ferry Art Society and last year applied for the HND course at Dundee College.

After completing her first year at college, the student’s work has started to speak for itself.

Having submitted the ‘Forth Bridge’ to Broughty Ferry Art Society’s annual exhibition Avril was delighted when it was voted favourite painting out of more than 200 works.

As president of the society Avril was a little discomfited by having to send her own painting to Leisure Painter, which runs a section of the best-loved art from art society exhibitions around the country.

She said: “While I was a bit embarrassed sending in my own work I have to admit to being really proud when the Leisure Painter sent me an e-mail informing me my painting was included in the mag.”