AN AWARD from one of Britain’s most prestigious art competitions – the BBC Wildlife artist of the Year – has been presented to local painter Jeremy Paul.
Jeremy, who also won a category in last year’s competition, attended the presentation, which took place at Marwell House, Marwell Zoo, Hampshire, last Wednesday (August 24). Jeremy was given an award by Sophie Stafford, editor of BBC Wildlife Magazine, and Mark Carwardine, zoologist and TV presenter.
The winning painting will be shown at Jeremy’s next exhibition in the island at the Sayle Gallery in Douglas from November 4 to 27.
The painting ‘Southern Ocean – Wandering Albatross’ won the ‘Frozen Planet’ category at the awards.
They received over 1,300 entries, of which about 60 were chosen for final judging.
We asked Jeremy what does it take to win a competition like this, he said: ‘Well, that’s a question I get asked quite a lot.
‘The simple answer is that it has to come from within and you need to put in the hours. There are no short-cuts in this business.’
But is there any value in referring someone else’s technique or style? Jeremy replied: ‘If you are trying to learn how to paint or produce a particular effect, that’s fine. We all start out by looking at other artists’ work and working out the techniques employed. After all, there is very little in art that can be called truly unique.
‘However, once you are established and have mastered the technical side, you should then start to develop your personal style.
‘Having said that, for a wildlife artist, your work is only as good as what you have seen and how well you understand your subjects.’