THIS woman started to create art to cope with furlough, but little did she know her coping mechanism would lead her to the finals of an art competition in September.

Rachel Khan decided to combat her stress caused by financial uncertainty by discovering paint on canvas during the pandemic.

"I started painting because I hated the silence and the free time. The worry of losing my job was stressful and the painting stopped the noise," says Rachel.

Head of visuals for a brand, her love for creativity soon turned into a talent, leading her to win a place in the finals with The Brick Lane Gallery.

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The competition offered Rachel the chance to showcase her art in the gallery, which has a large following of 47k followers.

Although she didn't win, Rachel says it was "wonderful" to be selected, let alone to get through several rounds.

She said: "I'm never happy but I try hard to get better with each piece I paint.

"I entered the competition for fun - I didn't think I'd win as some others had so many more followers.

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"However, it has made me feel very positive about my work."

To keep up to date with Rachel's work visit her Instagram page @beetletotti

Prints are now available to buy via her Instagram page.

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