<div style="display:inline;"> <img height="1" width="1" style="border-style:none;" alt="" src="//googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/viewthroughconversion/1028731116/?value=0&amp;guid=ON&amp;script=0">
6 ISSUES FOR £6 Subscribe to Lancashire Life today click here

Kate Bentley wins the 2017 Lancashire Life Landscape Artist of the Year competition

PUBLISHED: 16:57 19 June 2017

Kate with her winning painting

Kate with her winning painting

glynn ward

Three exceptional pictures made it to the final of our Landscape Artist of the Year competition but there was only one winner. Barbara Waite reports.

Sponsors and finalists  Clive Hepplestone, Michael Treanor, Giles Hepplestone, Diane Hepplestone, Sue Hepplestone, winner Kate Bentley, Kumar and Roger Borrell Sponsors and finalists  Clive Hepplestone, Michael Treanor, Giles Hepplestone, Diane Hepplestone, Sue Hepplestone, winner Kate Bentley, Kumar and Roger Borrell

The winning smile says it all! A beaming Kate Bentley was crowned Lancashire Life Landscape Artist of the Year with an arresting image called Summer Storms.

Kate, an award-winning professional painter based in the Lyth Valley in the Lake District, beat off strong competition from dozens of talented painters to take the award at a presentation night at competition sponsors Hepplestone Fine Art Gallery of Heskin near Chorley.

Giles Hepplestone, who hosted the event, and Lancashire Life Editor Roger Borrell judged her moody, textured painting the winner and revealed the result at a reception for the short-listed three paintings at the gallery.

The three finalists  Michael Treanor, winner Kate Bentley and Kumar The three finalists  Michael Treanor, winner Kate Bentley and Kumar

‘The painting is a superb treatment of light and creates a wonderful feeling of scale and perspective,’ said Giles. ‘She is a worthy winner.’

Kate – a former Lancashire Life Artist of the Month – has a liberating way of working, taking prepared papers to work on outside and making the painting fit the mood and textures of the random marks found in them.

It has proved to be a highly successful way of working which has seen Kate awarded membership to the The Lakes Artists’ Society, the Birmingham Watercolour Society, and is an associate member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.

Last year she was presented with the Princess Michael of Kent Watercolour Award at the Mall Galleries in London and has a busy schedule of courses that she runs from her studio at Brigsteer, producing work for many exhibitions as well as commissions and work with holiday companies.

In announcing the judges verdict, Roger Borrell praised the Hepplestone family’s flair and dedication in creating a vibrant business which supports local artists. ‘Giles and I had an exceptionally difficult task in sifting through the many outstanding entries and the three paintings seen here tonight are all worthy winners.’

The two runners-up, though disappointed, were delighted to have got so far in a very high standard of competition. Michael Treanor is a self-taught watercolourist who devotes countless hours trying to create mood and atmosphere in his work.

A former teacher, he is inspired to achieve light and fluidity in his work, shown to great effect in his painting of Ruff Wood, Ormskirk, and has developed his own distinctive style from experimentation giving his work freshness and spontaneity.

Srirangam Mohankumar – Kumar to his friends and family – has sketched and painted from a very young age. He prefers to work outdoors, predominantly in watercolour. His fresh and fluid painting – The Packet House, Worsley – was an accurate representation and showed good use of the medium specially in the canal reflections.

A highlight of his career was being presented to the Queen Mother at an exhibition of British artists, where some of his earlier paintings were on show and he also exhibited at the Mall Gallery in London as well as galleries in Lancashire and Cumbria.

Both runners-up having tasted success now intend to devote even more of their time to painting and will be featured in Lancashire Life in the coming months.

More from Out & About

Yesterday, 17:09

There are many forces of nature to witness in the Lake District, we pick six of our favourite waterfalls.

Read more
Lake District

Rebekka O’Grady and photographer John Cocks meet some of the new independent businesses calling Southport home

Read more
Southport
Monday, February 12, 2018

How many of these local landmarks can you recognise?

Read more
Quiz Spring
Friday, February 9, 2018

Plans for around 600 new houses to be built in pretty Wyre village

Read more
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

John Lenehan toasts the re-opening of a Lancashire engineering landmark and notes an invention to revive any walker.

Read more
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Kirkby Lonsdale sits on the spot where Lancashire, Yorkshire and Westmorland meet, making it a great base to explore the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. All these walks start of within a ten mile radius of Kirkby Lonsdale, making them a perfect day trip for anyone staying close to the historic market town.

Read more
Kirkby Lonsdale
Monday, February 5, 2018

From businesses selling banjoes to bridalwear from a former New York costume designer, Colne is a town for all seasons. Mairead Mahon reports.

Read more
Colne
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Lake District walks dominate the top ten of Britain’s 100 list.

Read more
Lake District Lake District Walks
Friday, January 26, 2018

Barrow was built on hard graft but there’s plenty of beauty to be found as well, as Mike Glover reports

PHOTOGRAPHY BY SANDY KITCHING

Read more
Thursday, January 25, 2018

Despite its bad reputation, the cuckoo has been a great and clever survivor in the wild. However, numbers have dipped since the 1970s. The Lancashire Wildlife Trust’s Alan Wright investigates this iconic spring bird.

Read more
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Many of us are frustrated by our inability to swim well. Sarah Hill did something about it and now helps others. She spoke to Roger Borrell.

Read more
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Celebrate the historic waterways of Lancashire with one of these canalside walks that allow you to enjoy the countryside and witness echoes the the county’s industrial past.

Read more
Canals
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Their football clubs both wear navy blue and white strips, but how well can you identify landmarks in Bolton and Preston?

Read more
Preston Bolton Quiz
Friday, January 12, 2018

Spring is not too far off and that’s the time when the birds start getting noisier in our woodlands. The Lancashire Wildlife Trust’s Alan Wright investigates a couple of the stars of the Dawn Chorus.

Read more
Spring
 
Great British Holidays advert link

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter


Subscribe or buy a mag today

Local Business Directory

Lancashire's trusted business finder

Job search in your local area



Property Search