31/03/15: PORTRAITS IN PASTEL COMP WINNER ALI BANNISTER SENDS HER THANK YOUS
Here is the thank you video that Ali made of her opening her prize: 200 of Jacksons handmade soft pastels in a beautiful wooden box.
'I think we all like exciting parcels to open and this was the only way that I could think of to share that feeling. The grin’s genuine.'
24/03/15: An Interview with Portraits in Pastel Comp Winner Ali Bannister
Art Suppliers, Jacksons, share their insightful interview with Ali where she reveals much about her working methods as well as her life as an artist.
'I find that there's a sincerity in animals. They're not worried about what you think of them so there's an honesty to their behaviour. I think that makes it easier to capture their character'.
'I also find animals pretty easy to like. You don't tend to hear them being unkind about other animals'
20/03/15: PORTRAITS IN PASTEL COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED
In February Ali Bannister entered a competition run by the art suppliers, Jacskons. Her pastel drawing of a tree frog with an endearing smile got through to the public round of voting and came first out of 709 entries with 681 votes. See the drawing and the runners up here.