AN artist who has been getting her hands dirty has opened an exhibition in Ashwell of her work.

Running until October 22 at Ashwell Gallery, Essence features paintings by Naini Ahluwalia created using her bare hands.

Speaking about the free exhibition, Naini said: “Essence is my attempt to capture and express the essence of life which is what our breathing universe is. Art is so wonderfully debatable and I always enjoy engaging with people who are comfortable to talk on this subject.

“I’m often asked about the meaning of my art and for me, it’s just an expression of and from the soul. Each person makes their own interpretation of what I paint and say and it’s interesting to know how people’s responses differ.

Sometimes I do paint with a range of palette knives as well as brushes along with other mediums, but it’s only with my bare hands, that I feel a complete connection with the medium, image and my inner subconscious. It is this connection that allows my art to be a pure expression of my soul.”

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of paintings will be donated to the Disasters Emergency Committee.

The exhibition at Dixies Barn in High Street is open Tuesday through to Saturday from 10.30am to 5.50pm.