A SLOVAKIAN artist who has made Cookstown her home will be putting her work on display at the Burnavon next month.
Petronela Majercikova from the mountainous region of Poprad in Slovakia has been living in Cookstown for the five years along with her partner and young child.
Petronela’s exhibition ‘Emotions’ will run from March 15 to March 29 with an open night on March 21 from 7pm to 9pm.
She draws inspiration for her work on canvas from a broad spectrum of emotions and illustrates these abstractly in art form.
The Slovakian artist told the MAIL that her partner had been working in Cookstown but upon his return to Slovakia, she met him online and the couple ended up settling in Northern Ireland.
Petronela is currently working at Lidl in Cookstown and squeezes in time to paint between her job and family.
“I always loved art, but I never painted on canvas; I just drew using pencils. When I left my job, I had some free time and I love being active and crazy so I decided to paint - my first one was very abstract,” she said.
“I paint when I feel emotional; if I’m happy or sad.”
Petronola draws a lot of inspiration from the internet, but she puts her own spin on the art.
She attended Cookstown artist John Haggan’s class to help improve her skills and a meeting with Belfast man Peter Mooney prompted her to enquire about holding an exhibition in Cookstown.
Petronela is enjoying Northern Ireland and all that it has to offer.
“I don’t like the weather though, It’s very wet!” she said.
Ten per cent of all sales of the canvas art at the exhibition will go toward Lilac Cancer Care.
It runs from March 15 to March 29 and everyone is welcome to call into the Burnavon’s exhibition area.