Picture perfect for Jennifer

Ben Ellis from Chattertons Solicitors presents Jennifer Cottis with her award for winning the Carre Gallery Portrait Competition 2014 with her painting 'Peter'. EMN-141018-163819001

Ben Ellis from Chattertons Solicitors presents Jennifer Cottis with her award for winning the Carre Gallery Portrait Competition 2014 with her painting 'Peter'. EMN-141018-163819001

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Artist Jennifer Cottis has been announced as the winner of a portrait competition held by Sleaford’s Carre Gallery with her oil painting, ‘Peter’.

The result was announced by gallery director Eddie Double at a recently held private view.

“This is the first time we have held an exhibition exclusively for portraits and we are extremely pleased with both the amount and quality of the work submitted. The winning painting was chosen from more than 80 submissions and we are very grateful for the support given by our sponsor Chattertons Solicitors,” said Mr Double.

Competition judge John Roper, from Chattertons, described the winning painting as ‘a skilful, beautifully composed depiction of a character which engages with the viewer’.

“You feel you know something of the man, but he has an enigmatic expression and you would like to know what he is thinking,” he added.

A certificate and a cheque were presented to Jennifer Cottis by solicitor Ben Ellis from Chattertons’ Sleaford office.

Artist Mona Storey received a special mention for two of her portraits.

The exhibition ended on Saturday. Gallery visitors have been invited to vote for their favourite portrait, with an award for ‘People’s Choice’ to be presented to the artist with the highest number of votes.