TWO women who entered the art world later in life have brought some much-needed colour to a Hampshire gallery.

While some businesses in the region have been adversely affected by the weather their new pop-up art gallery has proved quite a success.

Diane Rush and Caroline Hall, a former BBC journalist, who both completed their masters in fine art in recent years, decided to take on a six-week lease at an empty shop just moments from the Buttercross and have already seen a lot of interest in their works.

Diane, 69, said the gallery in Winchester’s High Street, which is open until March 7, has caused a bit of a stir amongst the art lovers in the city as Caroline does most of her painting in the large front window which brings in the crowds.

Caroline said: “It’s unusual because artists don’t like to be watched. Most artists I’ve experienced tend to work in solitude but instead I’m right in the window, in my overalls, and it draws people right off the street.”