Every year the Association of Animal Artists hold an Art Competition which is open to members only. All artwork is displayed at our Spring Exhibition, which is held at Castle Park Arts Centre in Frodsham.
It is a great opportunity for members to see their work alongside fellow artists, who’s abilities, experience, subject matter and style vary so much.
The AAA also award the Inaugural Chairmans Award. Sponsored by Anne Corless, founder and Inaugural Chair of the AAA, it is designed to reward members that go the extra mile in pursuit of their artistic career, through their work with animals, supporting other artists in their chosen field, or simply through their determination and willingness to make mistakes and develop their own practice in order to improve.
Young Artist Award 2019
Ever since Amber joined the AAA we have been impressed with her work and this year was no exception. In the 19 artworks the judges pulled out all four of Ambers were in the selection. It seemed fitting that we create an award specially to encourage younger artists to develop and celebrate their achievements and so it was that the Young Artists Award was created.
A very well deserved achievement and we know that Amber is one to watch for the future!
Pollyanna Pickering Award for Artistic Excellence
Chairman’s Choice Award 2019
A nigh on impossible task for me as I have been so impressed not only with the standard of talent and the execution of each and every entry, but also because the breadth of style and use of medium was so diverse. I had a few favourites that I would love to have given an award to but in the end I chose this piece because it captivated me as soon as I saw it! Its cleverness, skill and immediate appeal have convinced me that it is the worthy winner!
Congratulations to Alison Spaven with ‘Nightwatch’
Two Rivers Sketchbook Prize
Jim Patterson from Two Rivers has once again generously sponsored this prize and we were so happy to have him with us for our Preview Evening having driven specially all the way from Somerset to judge this years entries and hand over the prize!
We also had our competition judges, Anne Corless and Glynis Mills take a good look at the entries but Jim made the final choice and we are happy to Congratulate Sally Brown with her wonderful sketchbook entry! Sally wins Two Rivers paper, sketchbooks and a cheque which I am sure she will be dying to spend on some more Two Rivers products as soon as she gets hold of it!
Two Rivers is the only commercially operating hand-made paper mill in the UK and their papers are much sought after! The AAA would like to personally thank Jim for his continued support of artists in their practice and encouraging them to keep a record of their ideas in the form of a sketchbook.We would really encourage all of you to seriously think about putting yours in next year! Including all your shopping receipts and innermost workings of your heads!
Special thanks to our judges this year!
Adele from Castle Park
Glynis Mills Chairperson S.E.A.,
Anne Corless, Fine Art Trade Guild
Jim from Two Rivers Paper
The winner of the Association of Animal Artists Inaugural Chairman’s Award 2019 is Lisa Ann Watkins.
Lisa Ann wins this award at a point in her career when she is beginning to branch out with her art into new and different areas, including working on her first book and teaching coloured pencil art workshops overseas, including in the USA. With an impressive number of social media followers, Lisa Ann has managed to maintain the connection with her audience, inspiring them to progress their artistic skills and knowledge of their craft, whilst sharing her love of animals.
After gaining a degree in Fashion and Textile Design, Lisa’s creative journey has taken a long route as she turned away from art for several years. Finally, inspired to find her creative side once again, she started drawing with coloured pencils, winning art competitions and gaining confidence. Exhibitions followed, magazine articles were written and as her teaching style develops so Lisa Ann has found different outlets to reach her audience with. Lisa Ann encourages her followers to learn not only about art but about the business side of working as an artist. She generously talks about her own career decisions and more recently has shared interviews with other working artists in their studios. She also shares her experiences of trying other art media and techniques.
Lisa’s determination to help animal welfare and conservation shines through. Animals are not only the focus of her artwork but of her life. The use of social media enables Lisa Ann’ followers to engage with her tangible involvement with animal rescue centres and sanctuaries around the world. Lisa Ann uses her artwork to help support wildlife conservation; her artwork has featured in wildlife exhibitions where she has not only built awareness but helped to raise funds. The judges admire the way Lisa Ann manages a multi-faceted career as a coloured pencil artist, generously sharing her own artistic practise whilst all the while giving a voice to animals she not only shares her life with, but loves to create images of.