A TILSTON woman has claimed the top crown in an international art competition.
The competition Wildscape Wildlife Artist of the Year 2008 is held annually by the Wildscape magazine and features wildlife art and artists.
Julie Horner, of Church Road, produced the watercolour painting Mr Toad which won the amateur category of the editor’s selection – the editor’s selection is chosen from Wildscape subscribers.
It is a truly international competition with winners this year from Australia, USA and the UK. Entries are received from both world class professional wildlife artists and keen amateurs.
Julie had never entered any of her paintings in a competition before, so was surprised and delighted to find she had won.
Julie said: “I have been living in Cheshire for over 15 years and started painting at an evening class. I am very much self taught attending a small art group near Chester. This just shows that if you don’t enter you can’t win.
“I have always loved nature and living in the countryside has allowed me to get much closer to wildlife. I paint flowers, birds and small mammals but I’ve recently developed a real affection for butterflies.”
Anyone wishing to see more of Julie’s work should visit Butterfly Corner at www. butterflypaintings.co.uk and her new website being launched in October 2008, Nature Corner at www. naturecornerpaintings .co.uk