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Winning artist

Christina Hopkinson There’s Always One, watercolour on paper, 21x29in (53.5x73.5cm)

Christina Hopkinson has been awarded the inaugural Chairman’s Award, sponsored by The Artist, at the recent Association of Animal Artists’ spring exhibition, held at the Castle Park Arts Centre in Frodsham. Christina focuses mainly on native birds and animals and, living in a semi-rural part of Staffordshire, says she only has to look out of her window for inspiration. ‘I use photography for my reference collection’, she writes, ‘and work out ideas in my sketchbook, which I love. It’s where I can experiment and enjoy making marks, embracing success and failure as part of the creative process. In June 2016 I joined the Association of Animal Artists; (, which holds two exhibitions a year: one in the spring, and one in the autumn.’ Christina was presented with an engraved glass trophy, a year’s subscription to The Artist magazine and two brush bouquets from Rosemary & Co. Artists’ Brushes. To see more of Christina’s work, go to

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Let this month's issue of The Artist inspire and guide your next steps in drawing and painting a range of figurative subject matter in all media. From realistic still lifes in acrylics, watercolour landscape challenges suggested by Amanda Hyatt, David Parfitt and Paul Talbot-Greaves, through to portraits in oils and mixed media, our fantastic team of practising artist-contributors aim to help you develop your knowledge and skills based on their own experiences as professional artists and tutors. Check out the list of contents for more details of all the great articles in this issue, and look out for our latest sketching competition to enter on page 66, plus win £500 worth of gift vouchers to spend on art materials with Great Art in our PaintersOnline competition on page 6. See also pages 12 to 13 for the latest news on the Patchings Art, Craft & Design Festival (July 12-15). We will be celebrating the opening of our annual The Artist open exhibition there on July 12. We look forward to meeting our successful selected artists and visitors to the festival.