A miniature artist who had not painted in 24 years has said creating five-by-five centimetre portraits is her method “of getting art to everybody”.

Anna Howard, 49, said she is “overwhelmed” by the a whole lot of reviews left for her miniature sculptures and portraits that require her to use “tiny, tiny” brushes with simply 5 bristles, and which have gained her over 5,000 followers on Twitter.

She dropped out of Glasgow School of Art at 24, working in catering ever since, and had not picked up a paintbrush in over 20 years when the pandemic hit and he or she decided to revive her ardour for nature-themed paintings – later being persuaded by a buddy to sell her illustrations on online market Etsy.

“I can’t believe it, it’s been such a lovely journey,” Ms Howard, who lives together with her husband Grant and 13-year-old daughter simply outdoors of Glasgow, told the PA news company.

“When someone suggested to me, ‘Why don’t you try and sell what you’ve made?’ I thought, ‘Well no-one’s going to be interested.’

“And I got sales almost straight away… I was blown away.”

Ms Howard “accidentally” fell into creating miniatures of animals corresponding to rabbits, mice, and frogs after working with small clay sculptures that required intricate paintwork.

Her love of animals and birds, specifically, spurred her on to take to small-scale tasks of woodland creatures, lower than two inches in peak and width and paired with a tiny easel.

One portrait depicts a curled-up hedgehog with brown and white spikes against a blue background and one other, an orange-eyed green frog nestled behind a vivid blue plant.

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