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Lisburn's Jennifer Morrow in final of BBC's Big Painting Challenge

By Cate McCurry

A Northern Ireland woman hopes to find success at the stroke of a paint brush after getting to the final of The Big Painting Challenge.

Jennifer Morrow from Lisburn impressed judges on the BBC show with her artistic talent and passion for painting as she booked her place in this week's final.

The secondary school teacher said she takes inspiration from everything from feminism to abstract ideas such as 'absence'.

Her favourite media to paint with are oils and inks, while she also works in mixed-media and explores the relationship between the viewer and art - in particular how colours influence thoughts.

The six-part series, presented by Mariella Frostrup and the Rev Richard Coles which ends this Sunday, involved an initial 10 amateur artists completing a number of painting challenges in a bid to be crowned painting champions, helped in their efforts by two mentors.

On Sunday night's semi-final, Jennifer and the other contestants were tasked with capturing the human body in movement.

The amateur artist, who has twice won the public vote in previous episodes, had the difficult challenge of painting a dancing ballerina. She struggled to master the technique of creating a moving image and was left disappointed with her first attempt.

All of the paintings were then assessed by three judges from the art world, including art historian Dr David Dibosa, the painter Lachlan Goudie, and world-renowned portrait painter Daphne Todd.

Mr Goudie, an award-winning Scottish figurative painter, said Jennifer's painting was "quite static".

"I'm not really getting much of a sense of movement," he added. "There's lot of scribble movements, but the figure is not moving."

It was Jennifer's second attempt, however that impressed the judges and secured her place in the final.

Daphne Todd praised her piece, saying: "Well done, the proportions are good, I think the sense of movement is good, but it's the romance of the whole thing to suggest a story. Our imaginations come to light."

Jennifer joins Alan Tsang, Suman Kaur and David White in the final on BBC One at 6pm this Sunday.

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