Exmouth artist Annette wins prize

PUBLISHED: 06:30 22 June 2017

Exmouth artist Annette Pearson, who has received the Joanna Radford Award.

Exmouth artist Annette Pearson, who has received the Joanna Radford Award.

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An Exmouth artist is celebrating after being named as the winner of a prize awarded by the organisers of a major public art event.

Annette Pearson has been awarded the Joanna Radford Award by Devon Artist Network, organiser of Devon Open Studios, along with event sponsor Helpful Holidays.

The award is open to artists taking part in the open studios event, and will see Annette receive £150 towards artistic materials, along with the £150 cost of entering the event.

Annette, who works as a part-time design technology teacher at Exmouth Community College, said: “I am so excited and extremely grateful. I’m really looking forward to Devon Open Studios.

“I’ve been attending various art and printmaking courses in my spare time and I’ve realised this is ‘my time’ to develop my art, find my style and try to become the artist I have always wanted to be.

“Over the last year I’ve worked hard, learning and developing new processes and I finally feel ready to get out there and face the public.”

Annette says she has recently been experimenting with alcohol inks in her artwork.

She said: “These inks have an immediate visual impact but are quite difficult to control. I’m still finding new ways to use them and enjoy exploring their unique qualities.

“I’m also developing various forms of printing, mainly lino and dry point, which I’m now mixing with the ink medium with very exciting results.

“I hope that winning the Joanna Radford Award and Devon Open Studios will introduce me to an audience and allow me to become part of a network of artists.”

Devon Open Studios, which sees artists allowing members of the public to visit their studios for free, and attracts more than 35,000 visitors annually, will be taking place this year between September 9 and September 24.

It will feature more than 200 artists opening their studios in 142 venues across Devon, with the full brochure set to be published in late July.

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