Temuka artist Bronwyn Shimmin won the $5000 Aspiring Art
prize at a gala evening in Wanaka last night.
Judges Anita De Soto, of Port Chalmers, and John Toomer, of
Dunedin, said they had come to an agreement relatively easily
over Ms Shimmin's entry, The Colour of Light.
Ms De Soto said they liked how the artist had taken a typical
New Zealand rural setting and romanticised it and illuminated
it with ''a quite masterful painterly technique''.
Mr Toomer said it was the ''lovely luminous lighting'' that
earned Ms Shimmin first place.
The South African-born artist did not attend the event and
could not be reached for comment last night.
A previous winner of the prize, Alan Waters, of Bannockburn,
was runner-up with his Butterfly Ball watercolour of
233 butterflies, which took more than three months to
The winning landscape was Bluebonnets by Raquel
Clarke, of Queenstown. Joanna Nimmo, of Wanaka, was
runner-up in the landscape section with It is Gold and the
prize for the best painting under $1000 went to Nicky
Gilmore, of Dunedin, for her Blue Lake acrylic.