AN artist who uses the city of Salisbury and its characters as inspiration for her work has one of her paintings - of a light-hearted scene set in Queen Elizabeth Gardens - on display in the Guildhall.

Annaliese Stoney says her inspiration comes from people-watching and “finding the humour and joy in the everyday”.

As a child it was the Beano and Roald Dahl that caught her imagination as she took to drawing on exercising books before going to study a foundation course at Swansea Metropolitan University and later, a degree in illustration at University College Falmouth.

She said: “I moved to Salisbury last year, thinking it would be a temporary move but ended up staying because I love it so much.

“As well as the beauty and history of the city, I've encountered many wonderful characters and see a lot of potential for creativity.

“Usually the characters are made up and drawn from my head, but it'll be sparked by something or someone I've seen in real life.

“I've seen quite a few characters in my short time living in Salisbury, so if there's a hint of someone you recognise, it could be you.”

Mayor of Salisbury John Collier added: "Annaliese's work is a vividly-painted snapshot of park life using Queen Elizabeth Gardens as its subject. “The images will be familiar to residents and their families and I hope many of you will get the chance to pop into the Guildhall to see the print that's on display in the foyer until Christmas."

The print is available to view in the Guildhall Foyer during normal opening hours (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm), when events allow.