ART student Gemma Green put her lessons into action at Pagham’s annual art display.
Gemma, 22, had sold one of the five works she had on show at St Thomas a’Becket Church in the first two of the event’s three days.
The acrylic painting showed Muizenberg Beach in South Africa, which Gemma had visited.
She said: “It’s wonderful to sell a painting. It’s nice to know someone appreciates what I have done. I hope it will give joy to them.”
Nyetimber resident Gemma is on a fine art master’s degree course at the University of Chichester.
Last weekend’s art show was her first in her local church. Her course ends in September 2015 when she hopes to make a living out of art.
“Whatever type of art I do, it feels so meditative,” she said. “It’s the looking at subjects, particularly at nature, that I really enjoy.”
The exhibition was the 18th at the church. Organiser Trudi Kearsley said at least 200 visitors had enjoyed the 270-300 paintings by just under 50 artists on the opening two days. They had bought 25 of them.
“People like seeing the art in the church, because it’s a light building, and the artists like it here because of the atmosphere,” she said. About £1,000 was set to be raised for the church.