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In 2019 I was lucky enough to be selected for the heats in the Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year competition. The venue for the 4-hour challenge was Smeaton's Tower at Plymouth Hoe. My submission for the competition was 'Last Orders' (shown below) which the judges chose for its dream-like quality, familiarity and warmth. This work was loosly based on an image I found on the internet, but adapted to show a single fish and chip stall at the end of a british seaside pier. The rollercoaster in the background was minmised to allow the colour of the setting sun to be more visible, and the style was a lot more 'sketchy' than some of my other work. I was pleased with the painting when I finished it, and was even happier with it when it earned me a place in the competition!


In the run up to the filming day in Plymouth in June, I had been monitoring the weather forecast and a sunny but breezy day was predicted. However, during filming there were three major cloudbursts and lots of breaks for interviews, which certainly made for a challenging environment in which to paint. The TV crew and the judges were really great, and made us all feel very welcome and at ease. I decided at the outset I would 'cheat' the viewpoint for my painting and adopted a more overhead, drone-like view which would enable me to include the complete tower and a lot more of the surrounding landscape. The four hours flew by, especially as on average a painting will take me 12-15 hours! The changing light and conditions eventually settled and it was a fine evening at the time of judging.


While the judges deliberated it was a good opportunity to meet my fellow artists and to get their take on the day. Without exception they were all lovely people who, just like me, loved to paint and relished the opportunity the competition represented. Unfortunately this time I did not progress any further than the heats, but I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and will definitely try again in 2020.

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2019

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'Last Orders' - my submission for the competition

Plymouth Hoe - my painting from the heat