A SNOWY Sheffield scene will be seen far and wide this Christmas after being chosen as the official image for the Lord Mayor’s festive cards.
City artist Brian Smith’s painting depicts Barker’s Pool from the direction of Division Street, featuring landmarks such as the City Hall, the war memorial and Jessica Ennis’s golden postbox.
The picture will soon be printed on hundreds of cards wgich are sent around the world to the Lord Mayor’s friends every Christmas.
Brian, from Norton, said he was ‘delighted’ his painting was selected by Coun John Campbell, adding: “It’s an opportunity for a bit of Sheffield to travel further afield.”
The artist is one of 10 whose work is being featured in a shop window display on Cambridge Street from next week.
“The painting is a great choice because the locations have a lot of meaning for many people,” Brian said.
“It has some choice Sheffield icons in it - it was carefully picked.
“It has people wandering through a snowy scene, and it’s very evocative of Sheffield.”
Brian started painting Christmas cards showing modern-day local scenes two years ago.
“When I wanted to buy a Sheffield card, all I could find was the usual cottage with snow on top, or a robin with holly, so I painted my own and published them.
“They’ve proven their popularity - they were on sale at about 35 outlets across the city last year.”
Brian has been painting for over 20 years, and is currently adding the finishing touches to his latest batch of festive cards, including an image of Santa collecting letters from the golden postbox.
He is showing off his work at the Ten Artists’ Exhibition at Baslow Village Hall between 10am and 5pm on October 27 and 28. Entry is £1, or free for children, in aid of Sheffield Samaritans. Artists will be putting on live demonstrations and more than 100 paintings will be on display.