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Winner of Hertfordshire Life Landscape Painter of the Year revealed

PUBLISHED: 09:40 11 April 2017

The winning painting was Wooded Area, Verulamium Park by Michael Beddall of St Albans

The winning painting was Wooded Area, Verulamium Park by Michael Beddall of St Albans

Michael Beddall

Chosen from more than 100 entries, the winner of the first Hertfordshire Life Landscape Painter of the Year competition has been announced. Photography by Kevin Lines

Moonlight reflections over Stanborough Lakes by Rita Dare of Stevenage was highly commendedMoonlight reflections over Stanborough Lakes by Rita Dare of Stevenage was highly commended

Finalists in the inaugural Hertfordshire Life Landscape Painter of the Year competition celebrated at an awards reception at Churchgate Gallery in Hitchin.

The 13-strong shortlist and their guests were able to view all their paintings which will hang in the gallery for the public to see until the end of March.

Sandra Smith with Mitzie GreenSandra Smith with Mitzie Green

Hertfordshire Life editor Richard Young presented the winning prize in the Hertfordshire Landscape Painter of the Year competition to Michael Beddall of St Albans for his Wooded Area, Verulamium Park. He recieved £250 and a feature on his work in the upcoming May issue of the magazine. A highly commended award was given to Rita Dare of Stevenage for her Moonlight Reflections over Stanborough Lakes.

‘The competition attracted more than 100 landscape paintings of the county, which took over the office for some weeks,’ Richard Young said.

‘The quality of the artwork speaks volumes about the level of artistic talent in Herts. Choosing first a shortlist and then a winner and runner-up was no easy task. There was such diversity in style, approach and technique and all the finalists have something very special.

‘Congratulations to Michael and Rita, both of whose work, while quite different, draws the reader in to explore the scene with their composition, brushwork and sense of mystery and both brilliantly capture the time of year they were painted.

Mike Walton, Karin Friedli, Andrew Tuckett and John PlummerMike Walton, Karin Friedli, Andrew Tuckett and John Plummer

‘Thank you to all who entered and to Val Cansick and her team at Churchgate Gallery for sponsoring and hosting the awards and to Paint Out for its support.’

Val Cansick said she was proud to host the winners. ‘To see such a diverse display of work, with the finalists chatting away enthusiastically together at the awards evening, was very reassuring that this subject is alive and well in Hertfordshire. We have a diverse abundance of talent in our county and this first event of its kind for Hertfordshire Life, has been a huge success. It was great fun and a pleasure to meet everyone.’

Finalists at Churchgate GalleryFinalists at Churchgate Gallery

Brenda Mathieson with Rita DareBrenda Mathieson with Rita Dare

Mitzie GreenMitzie Green

Michael and Susan ChesterMichael and Susan Chester

Eira and Michael BeddallEira and Michael Beddall

Karen Taft, Phil Taft, Chris RichardsonKaren Taft, Phil Taft, Chris Richardson

Karin Friedli's painting of St Albans AbbeyKarin Friedli's painting of St Albans Abbey

Runner-up Rita Dare, editor Richard Young and winner Michael BeddallRunner-up Rita Dare, editor Richard Young and winner Michael Beddall

Anna Perlin, Wendy Hough and Val Cansick, –gallery ownerAnna Perlin, Wendy Hough and Val Cansick, –gallery owner

David Prowse, Aidan Prowse age 8, Lilia Prowse age 11 and Meggie NikolicDavid Prowse, Aidan Prowse age 8, Lilia Prowse age 11 and Meggie Nikolic

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