The 2017 Cover Competition was won by Katy Sullivan. The two runners up were Lisa Ann Watkins and Bev Lewis.

Congratulations to our winners, and thank you to all who took part!

Winner - Katy Sullivan

Katy Sullivan was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela and moved to England when she was five. Her great grandfather was the highly respected sculptor, Charles J Allen. She would look closely at his bronzes and wonder how it would feel to create something so intricate and beautiful.

As a child she showed a talent for drawing. At first she drew pop stars to impress friends and later on, scoured old copies of the National Geographic to find interesting faces to draw.

She has always been fascinated by science and studied medicine. However, the passion for drawing never dwindled. Her walls were covered with detailed anatomical drawings. She worked as a GP until 2005.

After leaving her medical career, she taught herself how to paint in oils. It was like a duck going to water. For her, the process feels natural and instinctive and continues to evolve.

Her work often features children, including her two daughters. She likes to escape into their world and create paintings that aim to inspire the next generation. When she was young she loved the feeling of being lost in the wilderness and this has a big influence on her work. She likes a sense of intrigue, a bit like the first page in a book or the initial scene of a movie.

She achieved early success winning the Public Choice award for The Holburne portrait prize in 2008 with one of first paintings. In 2011, another early work was featured on the BBC2 program “Show me the Monet” and became part of their exhibition at the Royal College of Art.

She is represented by Catto gallery, Hampstead, London.

Look out for Katy's painting on the cover of our next catalogue - out in October!

1st Runner-Up - Lisa Ann Watkins

Originally from Cornwall, Lisa is now settled in the Forest of Dean after graduating from Cheltenham Art College in 1992 with a degree in Textile & Fashion design. By this point all of her passion for art had been knocked out of her by her tutors. She ended up not lifting a pencil for over 20 years until repetitive bouts of depression pushed her into getting back in touch with her creative. In the summer 2012 she bought her first box of coloured pencils & after winning a couple of competitions with Colored Pencil Magazine in America, & commissions beginning to be requested, she took the plunge & gave up my very well-paid day job to focus on becoming a full-time artist. She is now into her 5 th year & it has been a whirlwind of competition wins, licencing deals & having her work published worldwide. 2016 saw her achieve many honours including SAA (Society for All Artists) Award for Best in category domestic Animal or Bird & The Artist Reserve Best in Show at the UKCPS open international exhibition. She also received the Woodland Award in the annual AUSCPA Exhibition.

Lisa has collectors of her work both in the UK & overseas with a wait list for upcoming original works, especially of her donkey portraits.

Commissions having been her bread & butter up until the end of 2016 she finally gave in to the requests of her loyal followers on social media to start teaching workshops. 2017 has seen all of her UK workshops selling out & all with a wait list & in September she flies out to the US for a sell out workshop tour sponsored by Ann Kullberg of Color Magazine. Future plans include a larger calendar of dates & locations for her UK workshops & hopefully a return trip to the US next year. She has also just launched her Patreon channel as a means to reach more people with her teaching & sharing of knowledge. She believes in inspiring others & helping as many people as possible to find & develop their own creative.

Lisa has also been invited to be a brand ambassador for Faber Castell & will begin to demonstrate their products on TV this October.

Her main passion has been, and always will be her animals. Alongside her own 5 rescue dogs she works hard to raise awareness & funds for shelters around the globe. Her art has become the missing link that enables her to give a voice to animals in need worldwide. This comes through in her work where she strives not only to create a likeness of her subject but also to project the true character too.

2nd Runner-Up - Bev Lewis

I was encouraged by my parents to paint and draw from a very early age, and I did this with a passion. I went on to study 'Commercial Art' at the Johannesburg School of Art in South Africa and started on a career in graphics which didn’t leave much time for my art. I rediscovered my love for drawing and painting in the early ‘90’s, when looking for something to fill my spare time. I bought some coloured pencils and started drawing the animals and birds which inspired me so much. I have now moved on to landscapes. I prefer to draw the close ups of landscape, getting into the texture and detail of places rather than the bigger picture.

I exhibit as often as I can and have won many awards at juried and non juried exhibitions. I am a signature member of UKCPS (Gold), regularly exhibiting at their annual exhibitions.

I use coloured pencil, graphite pencils, pastels and to a lesser degree, watercolour and acrylics. I love the control and the detail which can be achieved with coloured pencils.

I am also a freelance illustrator specialising in flora and fauna and have worked on many projects from brochures and interpretive signs for countryside parks to children’s educational games.

I accept commissions and my work is hanging in many homes throughout the UK.

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