A former tattooist who has battled against alcoholism is now displaying her art work in Ramsgate.
Stacie Coyne lost her creative passion when she spiralled into anxiety and depression which then fuelled a descent into alcoholism.
But now, almost two years into recovery, Stacie has regained her love for art and is showing some of her works at the Nice Things gallery in Harbour Street.
The 35-year-old, who recently moved from Wolverhampton to Ramsgate, said: “I have always been an artist and at 16 I started working in a tattoo parlour as an apprentice. Two years later I started tattooing and did that for 11 years.
“I stopped tattooing about six years ago due anxiety and depression and becoming an alcoholic. I completely lost my ambition and love for creating art until nearly two years ago when I was lucky enough to go into a medicated detox. I have been alcohol free now for one year and nine months and I have regained my love for art.
“I am enjoying creating artwork that is unusual and eyecatching and also includes aspects of my previous work as a tattoo artist. I like my work to be fun but with meaning, something to talk about ”
Stacie’s solo exhibition features 12 pieces and opened yesterday (January 29) and runs until February 4. Visitors can talk to Stacie about her work at a session at the gallery on Saturday (February 1) from 1pm to 4pm.
Nice Things is at 19-21 Harbour Street.