Jacob Davy, who is being supervised by probation, will be exhibiting a selection of his abstract paintings this month [November] at Mowbray Community Church, East Parade, Harrogate.
Jacob recently returned to his passion for art and painting after being given a community order for assault following difficulties with mental illness.
Now with the help of HHLNY CRC Jacob is now seeking to make a full-time living from his art and is investing in a new website supported by his parents, friends, professionals and Mowbray Community Church Community.
Jacob said: “I studied fine art at university but never graduated due to personal issues but I have always painted – it’s just something I have to do. Working with the team at HLNY CRC has helped me to focus on what I really want to do and now I have an opportunity to showcase my work and hopefully make a living from my passion.”
Jacob, who paints on a variety of materials including canvas, wood and doors, says he is inspired by the natural world, the jazz art of the 1940s and 1950s, street art and oriental calligraphy.
Jacob’s HLNY CRC case manager Claire Elsworth said: “Jacob has really progressed since we began working with him and he has gained in confidence through support of the team around him. Expressing himself through art has helped him find a new focus and given him a purpose.
“When Jacob, who has more than 100 pieces of art in his portfolio, showed us his work we introduced him to a number of community organisations who could help support his ambition to earn an income from his art.”
Following the exhibition at the Mowbray Community Church, Jacob is hoping to secure future exhibition at other Church’s and bars in Harrogate.
Mowbray Community Church Evangelist Peter Ingham said: “Jacob is a very talented artist and it is our pleasure to support him in presenting his art which has attracted a lot of attention within the church.”