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.
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.”
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.”