A Derry woman has become the first female artists to have her work put on show at the world-famous Savoy Hotel in London.

Dawn Coulter Cruttenden has created a triptych – a series of three drawings – which went on show at the hotel recently.

The work will be on permanent display in The Savoy’s Melba patisserie, and Cruttenden joins an impressive list of artists to have received the honour of being displayed in the building.

Dawn said she was proud to have her work recognised in such a way.

“It’s perhaps the best work I’ve ever done. It’s certainly the biggest drawing work I’ve ever done. Each one took about a month to do and they’re about 75cm high,” she said in an interview with culturenorthernireland.org.

“I used to paint more landscapes, which were nice, but last year I did a series of fairy tale drawings, which I think were much more sincere.

“Those were spotted by the singer, Stevie Nicks’, make-up artist. She showed them to Stevie, who then bought everything I had, which was incredible, as I listen to her music while I’m working.”

It was through this that Dawn’s work came to the attention of the Savoy Hotel.

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