A PORTRAIT drawn by a Basingstoke college tutor of her mother has been on display at a national exhibition in London.

Bethany Y Milam’s work was selected to appear in The Society of Women Artists 152nd annual exhibition at The Mall Galleries.

The exhibition showcased a mix of media and styles, and was opened by the society’s patron, HRH Princess Michael of Kent.

Miss Milam’s portrait, entitled Helping to Make a Difference, is of her mother, Yvonne Milam, working as a street pastor in Basingstoke, and was drawn using graphite.

The 26-year-old, who teaches creative drawing and mixed media painting at Basingstoke College of Technology, said: “I have endeavoured not only to capture her appearance but also her character.

“My works often contain layers of meaning and a narrative element and this portrait is no different “It is firstly a personal tribute to my mother and secondly to the work of the street pastors.

“She became a street pastor in 2010, and it is in this uniform that I chose to depict her.”

Miss Milam, who lives in Harrow Way, Basingstoke, said she believes her work was chosen to appear in the exhibition because of its “character, joy and expression”.

She added: “I was excited and honoured to be selected.” The exhibition ended last Saturday.