Artist paints faces of Sheffield

Art by Lisa Maltby, which is to go on show
Art by Lisa Maltby, which is to go on show
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A ‘passionate’ Sheffield artist, who started out drawing rabbits as a youngster and has gone on to paint some of the city’s most famous faces, is showing off her work.

Lisa Maltby, aged 32, from Woodseats, now working as a freelance illustrator and designer, has been offered the chance to exhibit her pictures at The Showroom, Paternoster Row.

Art by Lisa Maltby, which is to go on show

Art by Lisa Maltby, which is to go on show

Her images range from Olympic gold-winning heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill to pop star Jarvis Cocker and even the city’s most famous culinary delight – Henderson’s Relish.

Lisa said: “I live here and love the place. I already had a few pieces relating to Sheffield and I just thought I would carry on with that theme. I love the vibe here. I can express something a lot better if I’ve got a real heart for it.”

Lisa said she has been passionate about drawing and painting from a young age.

She said: “Since I was little I’ve always wanted to be an artist. I remember drawing rabbits. My mum and nana walked in to the room, stopped their conversation and asked: ‘How have you drawn that?’.”

“I replied: ‘I don’t know, I just like rabbits!’ That’s when they knew I’d be involved in art in my life.”

Lisa went on to study illustration at Loughborough University and then worked her way up through various graphic design work, and currently works for Leap Design.

“I love working there. It’s absolutely brilliant. We’re a small team but we get to do a lot of interesting projects.”

She did her illustrating alongside the graphics work – including drawing her two-and-half-year-old-son Albie as he napped.

Lisa, who has also written and drawn her own children books, said: “As exciting as having my first exhibition is, my main passion is writing and drawing. There’s a real sense of ownership when I’m doing a children’s book.”

The exhibition is at the Showroom, city centre, until Sunday, September 15, and entrance is free.

All profits from the art work sold will go to the Snowdrop charity, which gives extended support to women who have been victims of human trafficking.

Lisa said: “They are a relatively new charity and their work is amazing.”