POPULAR artist Jack Webster's latest exhibition opens this weekend putting a Furness festival town firmly in the frame.

Ulverston and Beyond runs from tomorrow until October 5 at Ford Park graced by striking art that Jack says aims to capture "what makes Ulverston so great and special."

One of the region's most talented artists, Jack explains that his paintings seek to bring out the character of the town and capture the vibrancy of the festivals that sparkle with colour: “From a rain coated Roxy Cinema dazzling in neon lights, to the amber glowing lanterns descending on King Street, all Ulverstonians are familiar with these special moments.

“The way in which light and shadows cast shapes over the town greatly inspires my work," adds Jack. "Another more recent source of inspiration is my night scenes. They allow me to explore the town in a different mood.

“I like to focus on a subject up close so the viewer is looking ‘around it’ and not just ‘at it.’ For instance in Market St Flag Festival, the deep blue shadows push our attention towards the sunlit shops on the left.

“Ulverston will always be a source of inspiration for years to come.”

Jack works mainly inside a studio, but inspiration often leads him outside to produce sketches and take photographs. His work appears at regular exhibitions, art markets and in various shops.

From an early age Jack has always been inspired and energised by the Lake District landscape. He would practice most evenings after school and produce small studies during the summer holidays. From the age of 17 he attended weekly life drawing classes that he says "greatly improved my drawing and painting abilities."

It was in 2013 that he started exhibiting with local art societies and galleries: "Many well known Furness artists have been very helpful and encouraging, and I feel very privileged to have met these individuals in a short space of time."

Ford Park, situated in the heart of Ulverston, is run by the registered charity Ford Park Community Group. Visitors can enjoy open green space, a natural playground area, a nature trail, a kitchen garden, greenhouses, a plant nursery and a volunteer centre. The community group also operates a bistro-café and functions area.