Local artists shine in charity art competition

Joseph Bulmer

South Devon youngsters were among the winners in a countryside charity's art competition.

Devon CPRE’s inaugural Best Young Landscape Artist Competition saw Matilda Baker and Christopher Moore each win £100 after winning their age groups.

Ten-year-old girl Matilda from Dartmoor depicted a vista of Meldon Hill with 17-year-old Christopher from Dawlish portraying a South Devon seascape with his entry.

Exeter-based landscape painter Kath Hadden Devon CPRE Director Penny Mills select the winning entries from an overwhelming number of submissions from right across the county in a variety of media. Matilda’s painting and Christopher’s work combining paint and collage both stood out because of their composition, originality and clever use of the chosen media.

The awarded a number of Runner-Up Prizes and a cash prize of £25 each to four other young artists whose work caught their eye. In the younger age category (7-11), nine-year-old Martha Murrin, 11-year-old Thomasin Manley Frost and 10-year-old Olive Martin were runners-up.

In the older age category (12-18 years), the runner-up was 16-year-old Claudia Tam and there was a commendation for fourteen-year-old Rosie Brazendale-Sweet.

Kath Hadden said: "Matilda's winning entry was a perfectly captured Devon scene, with great attention to detail. Christopher's winning piece showed a creative approach in the way he manipulated the paper to create a clever collage, referencing a local legend about The Parson and the Clerk."