LOCAL artist and business woman Kate Wilson, 55, from St Bees, has found success selling her photographic art online with the help of TEG (The Entrepreneur Group).

What started as a hobby during lockdown has flourished into a thriving business, with Kate receiving corporate orders and commissions. Kate's journey into the world of art began after she left her career in international sales and marketing.

Wanting to spend more time with her daughter, she started Business Toolbox Cumbria, a web and graphic design business, in 2013. However, it was during the lockdown that Kate discovered her passion for photography and digital art. She said: "It was a hobby and really helped me during those strange times. As the world opened up a bit a few people including my supportive family encouraged me to pursue this, and KW Creatives was born. "

Whitehaven News: Whitehaven Harbour, by KateWhitehaven Harbour, by Kate (Image: Kate Wilson)

Kate met Jenny Brumby from TEG who have worked with over 180 start-up businesses in the past 18 months and her confidence grew when she showcased her work at a BECBC meeting, after receiving a pep talk from Jenny. Her limited edition pieces are now displayed at Energus and other works in development.

Kate is discussing collaborations with other TEG-supported businesses.

Looking to the future, Kate hopes to expand her product range and eventually have a small retail space.

Kate spoke about TEG's help with her business, she said: "They have been hugely supportive, and it’s like being part of a family. Meeting up with my mentor Rachel Gaw is always fun, inspiring and idea expanding in equal measure!"

Whitehaven News: A Cumbrian sheep, also by KateA Cumbrian sheep, also by Kate (Image: Kate Wilson)

"I can’t wait to see where the business goes, and I’m giving it my all to succeed. I couldn’t do it without the support of the TEG Team, and at 55 they have given me the zest to go, I’m speeding up not slowing down!"

With her roots firmly planted in West Cumbria, Kate's love for the area is evident in her art. She captures the beauty of the local beaches, Whitehaven harbour, and even the charm of the region's horses, sheep, and cattle.

Her products have become popular local gifts and interior solutions for homes, bringing a touch of the Cumbrian spirit into people's lives. You can see Kate's work at kwcreatives.