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28th Oct, 2021

Droitwich artist 'highly commended' in national arts competition for her portrait of Lenny Henry

A DROITWICH artist is all smiles after her portrait of comedian Lenny Henry was ‘highly commended’ in an national competition which attracted more than 4,000 entries from around the UK.

Tina Watkins, who is a member of the Droitwich Arts Network, created the piece using pastels.

She submitted the picture to the King Lear Prizes, a contest for artists over 60 during the lockdown, and was overjoyed to receive the recognition.

Tina said: “I was looking down the list for DAN members and it was in alphabetical order so it took a long time until I got to ‘W’.

“When I saw my name I was shocked.

“I haven’t really entered many competitions – I won a national one with Hobbycraft but with more than 4,000 entries, this is my best achievement.”

Tina has had a lot of her work in various exhibitions, including DAN’s latest virtual one held earlier this year.

She added: “As an artist when I put my work in I just hope people like it and hope I can sell a few along the way.”

On her highly commended piece she said: “I chose Lenny Henry because – from his comedy and his acting, including Shakespeare roles, to his charity work, he has achieved so much.

“And as well as being an inspiration, he also has such an interesting face.”

Another DAN member Colin Jack, who is from Worcester, was also highly commended for two poems and three paintings – Park, Sabna in Purple Sari and Notre Dame Burning.

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