Furloughed mum-of-two inspired by Burnley's 'I'm a Celebrity' star Jordan North to re-discover her talent for art

Furlough led to mum-of-two Marie Peverley re-discovering her exceptional talent for art.

By Susan Plunkett
Thursday, 3rd December 2020, 12:30 pm

And Marie's eye catching image of I'm a Celebrity' star Jordan North's Turf Moor 'happy place' has been an instant hit with Clarets' fans and members of Jordan's family who have ordered several copies.

"I never expected such an incredible reaction to my work," said Marie (40) who lives in Colne with Nathan, her business development manager husband and their two children, Forrest (eight) and five-year-old Fallon.

Marie has even been commissioned to work on pictures for Gwrych Castle in Wales where the show is set this year.

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Marie Peverley has re-discovered her talent as an artist thanks to Jordan North in this year's 'Im a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.'

She said: "I have been asked to include the ghost of the countess who is said to haunt the castle."

The show is counting down to its grand final tomorrow and Clarets fan Jordan, who grew up in Burnley, is being hotly tipped to to win.

He won an army of fans when he was voted to take part in a series of bush tucker trials which he steeled himself to face by repeating the catchphrase 'happy happy place, Turf Moor.'

Inspired by that, Marie set to work, re-awakening graphic design and drawing skills that have been dormant for years.

Marie's image that was inspired by Jordan's mantra 'happy place, happy place Turf Moor'

" I absolutely love it. I can sit and watch TV in the evening while doing my drawings."

She describes her style as vintage with a modern twist as she likes clean lines and block colour, similar to the images she saw in a 1950s travel brochure for Africa.

Marie, who has a PGCE in digital marketing, is working on creating images for landmark events in people's lives, including birthdays, and even an image capturing a romantic proposal. And each of her pieces include images of birds that relate uniquely to the picture.

Orders are flowing in, much to the surprise and delight of Marie, who is working under the brand name Studio 53.

This image captures the Welsh castle used as the setting for this year's 'I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here'

Marie has spent several years working in financial serivces and marketing even though she graduated with a 2:1 BA Honours degree in graphic design from Blackpool and Fylde College in her 20s.

She said: "I had lots of plans but never pursued them with my art and instead I have spent several years working in finance and marketing.

Marie is not the only artist to be inspired by Jordan's antics in 'Im a Celebrity.' Burnley artist Peter Chippendale painted his own unique image of Turf Moor and included the ' happy place' mantra in the canvas.