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Local artist and Winchester Wellbeing service user, Mike Newlyn, is exhibiting a selection of his work at Winchester Discovery Centre WallSpace Gallery, from Wednesday 14 August through to Monday 9 September, 2013.

Award-winning artist Mike specialises in digital painting, 3D artworks and surrealist pen and ink illustrations, each with a science fiction theme.

Influenced by his architect father, Mike’s love of drawing developed at a young age and has played a significant part in boosting his self-confidence throughout his 20 years spent overcoming a mental health issue.

“If I didn’t have my talents I think my illness would be a lot more acute,” he says. “I channel my feelings and emotions into a positive medium.”

Having seen his work published in two leading digital art publications and eagerly awaiting his first public exhibition, Mike hopes that this public recognition of his work will further propel him to pursue a career in the creative arts.

A keen amateur photographer, Mike has also recently taken on the position of volunteer peer support mentor within the ‘Foto Fun’ Photography group. “I have had a lot of encouragement and support from the Wellbeing Centre to help me further my career and build my self-confidence. Now I want to help others achieve what I have achieved.”

The group currently meets on Friday afternoons from 1pm until 3pm, at Winchester Wellbeing Centre. For more information, please see the Wellbeing pages on our website.

You can support Mike by coming along to the exhibition, August 14 – September 9, at Winchester Discovery Centre, or visit Mike’s website at: http://stargazer1988.wix.com/stargazerarts.

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