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Celebrity paintings of Royal Family, Ed Sheeran and Pink put South Shields artist on the map

Kayley Newsome with some of her replies.
Kayley Newsome with some of her replies.

A talented artist from South Tyneside has collected more than 250 letters from stars - and Royal family – thanking her for her artwork.

Two years ago Kayley Newsome decided to paint a portrait of The Queen - to celebrate her 90th birthday - and send it off to Buckingham Palace.

Kayley has dozens of letters from the stars.

Kayley has dozens of letters from the stars.

To the 31-year-old’s delight she was sent a reply thanking her for her efforts - and a new hobby was born

Kayley, who has learning difficulties, epilepsy fibromyalgia, and needed two brain surgeries when she was a teeneager, originally turned to painting as a way to help with her medical conditions.

She said: “ I’ve always enjoyed painting and I’m not sure really why decided to start sending them to famous people.

“In 2016 I thought well, it’s the Queen’s birthday so she might like one and then I got a reply back and it was brilliant.”

“I find it really exciting when I receive a letter.”

Kayley Newsome

Kayley, from Simonside, South Shields, now has received 255 replies from celebrities including the Script, Ed Sheeran and Phil Collins and Pink, which adorn her walls.

She said: “I have letters from the entire Royal Family, I sent Prince William and Kate drawings of the children and they wrote back and sent me some pictures.

“Then I sent Prince Harry a picture of his mum and he wrote back. I find it really exciting when I receive a letter.

“I have had 255 replies I frame them and then I put them on my walls, they’re everywhere.”

Kayley Newsome painting replies. John Travolta

Kayley Newsome painting replies. John Travolta

The colourful paintings can take up to a few weeks at a time for Kayley to finish.

Next on her list to paint, and hopefully receive a reply from, is X Factor mogul Simon Cowell.

She said: “I would love it if Simon replied back, so I think I will send him a painting next.”

Kayley Newsome painting replies. The Dutchess of York

Kayley Newsome painting replies. The Dutchess of York