LANDSCAPE artist Liz Salter showed her true colours and bagged a top award for her painting of wild wetland near her home in Thorpe Audlin.
The 64-year-old won the artist of the year award in the South Yorkshire open art competition held at Barnsley’s Copper Gallery, where her painting ‘Sudden Storm’ – which scooped her the top award and £450 – is displayed until May 25.
Mrs Salter, who has lived in Thorpe Audlin for 26 years, said: “It’s quite an energetic painting of Bull Carr Mires, the wetland between Thorpe Audlin and Upton, and I hope it captures the intense moment before a sudden storm.
“When people look at the painting, I want them to feel the experience of walking outside and seeing a storm coming, just waiting for the heavens to open. I have been painting Bull Carr Mires for about 12 years because the area is not picturesque, it’s still wild and I like that.
“I am absolutely delighted to have won and especially with a landscape painting which isn’t a very popular subject. It isn’t a very contemporary style these days, and I am very pleased it was considered.”
More than 300 artists – who could submit up to three pieces in a range of styles, including paintings, photographs and sculptures – entered the competition, which was narrowed down to 75 pieces to be considered for three awards: artist of the year, friend of Cooper Gallery and emerging artist.
Mrs Salter, who studied for a master’s degree in fine art at Leeds University in 1999, will receive her award at a ceremony at the gallery on May 19.
She added: “I entered the competition last year as well and I am very pleased to have won an award this year. My inspiration comes from walking in the countryside and I still walk around the Thorpe Audlin area most days.
“Landscape is my preferred choice of painting and I enjoy doing it full time, even though being an artist can be an isolated job.”
Mrs Salter – who has also painted and drawn pictures of Derbyshire countryside and the River Went – has had work displayed in several other galleries, including the former Yorkshire Arts Circus Gallery and Bridge Arts gallery in Castleford.
Visit www.lizsalter.com for more information about exhibitions and her artwork.