Artist of the Year 2012

Here are some more of the wonderful winning entries from this year’s Artist of the Year competition, along with details of how to enter in 2013

‘Blossom’, 36 x 27cm, by Andrew Sephton

Andrew Sephton joined the SAA nearly 20 years ago, but had several false starts in his efforts to learn to paint. Then two years ago he retired and booked a place on a course that inspired him so much that his work really took off. In the summer his stunning ‘Blossom’ was the Amateur winner of the Flowers and Gardens category. “You could have knocked me down with a feather,” he says. “I was amazed to have won, and I didn’t realise I’d got to the stage that I have with my art.”

Andrew did Blossom in ink, as part of an exercise his art teacher set the class.

“It was totally experimental and I’d never done anything like it before,” he says. “But I was very pleased with it and delighted to win.

The SAA has been a great inspiration to me over the years and recently I’ve had a couple of pictures printed in the Try your Hand pages of Paint, which has encouraged me to carry on and have a go at different things.”

‘Mural’, 71 x 71cm, by Patricia Davies

Another first time winner was Patricia Davies, whose
acrylic painting ‘Mural’ won the Amateur award in the Portrait and Figure category. “It was inspired by an Italian artist called Michele del Campo, who does massive paintings with large brushstrokes, and he has helped me a great deal with my figurative work,” says Patricia. “Mural is based on a small section of one of his large paintings, and I put my own interpretation on what he’d done. When I asked if he minded me entering it for the competition he said he was delighted and flattered!”

Patricia feels she’s nearly at the stage where she can call herself a professional. “I sell my work, especially pet portraits,” she says. “It was a huge thing for me to win this, and meant so much. From now on I want to push myself forward in my art and get myself better known. I’ll definitely be entering Artist of the Year again in 2013!”

‘Born of the Sea’, 34.5 x 34,5cm,
by Helen Alveranga

Professional artist Helen Alveranga got two awards in this year’s competition. ‘Born of the Sea’ was Highly Commended and ‘Succulent’ won the Professional title in the Flowers or Gardens category. “I like looking closely at things, so all my paintings are very detailed,” she explains. “It’s as if you’re examining something through a magnifying glass. They take a long time to paint – sometimes I spend two or three months on one picture, painting every day.”

Helen is looking forward to entering more of her work in next year’s competition. “It was a real surprise to receive the certificates, and lovely to win,” she says. “It has inspired me to try again.”

The Artist of the Year 2013

Entry is open to everyone, irrespective of age, ability, medium or subject matter. You don’t need years of painting experience, just a passion for painting. Previous winners have included artists across the board, from beginners to juniors and professionals, so this year it really could be you!

This year’s Artist of the Year will win £2000, which includes £1000 cash and £1000 worth of art materials, together with an engraved crystal goblet AND £500 worth of art materials for the art club, group or school of your choice.

Sector Awards
£100 worth of art materials and an engraved goblet will be awarded to the painting judged to be the best in the following categories:

  • Professional
  • Amateur
  • Beginner – June Atherton Award (painting for less than two years)
  • Young (16 to 25 years old at the time of entry)
  • Junior (up to 16 at the time of entry)

Category Awards

£100 worth of art materials will be awarded to the following category winners:

  • Best Portrait or Figure
  • Best Abstract or Experimental Art
  • Best Still Life
  • Best Flowers or Gardens
  • Best Landscape or Woodland Scene
  • Best Waterscape, Boats or Seascape
  • Best Animal or Wildlife

On Show

All winning entries will be exhibited at a major SAA Event and on the SAA website and a selection will be featured in Paint magazine.

Entry – made simpler for 2013

The closing date for this year’s competition is 24th February 2013.

To enter online, sign in to your account at and click on the Artist of the Year 2013 tab, then follow the instructions for entering and uploading your paintings. Don’t forget entry is free for members and there is no limit to the number of paintings you can submit. or send a SAE to: AOY 2013 Entry Form, SAA, PO Box 50, Newark, Notts NG23 5GY.

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