THE outgoing Chair of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Diana Armstrong, recently commissioned a piece of artwork by Fermanagh-born artist Marjorie Leonard to add to the Civic Art collection.
The piece is an illustrated map of the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council area, which captures its natural built heritage and history.
The artwork highlights the wildlife, lakes, forest and historic locations across the district and incorporates lines from the works of Beckett and Wilde, both of whom have close connections to the district.
The Civic Art collection, which largely comprises works by local artists, was initiated by the first Chair of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Thomas O’Reilly, and has been added to by each Council Chair in succeeding years.
Speaking about the commission, Councillor Armstrong said: “One of the privileges of being Chair of the Council is that I am afforded the opportunity to support the arts and purchase a piece of art for the Civic Art collection.
“I have been an admirer of Marjorie’s work for a while. When I made contact with her, I was delighted when she agreed to do the specially commissioned piece, and I am honoured that one of my last duties as Chair of the Council is to accept this wonderful commission from Marjorie.”
Marjorie was born and educated in Co. Fermanagh and studied art at the then University of Ulster, gaining a B.A. (Hons) Degree. 
An accomplished watercolourist, Marjorie is primarily a painter of Irish rural landscapes.
Nature has always been her main inspiration and the rich landscape of her native county is a major influence in her work.