Heart of Stone Longlisted for JOPP 2018

On Good Friday I received the very good news that my drawing Heart of Stone has been chosen as one of 350 artworks for the Jacksons Open Painting Prize 2018 longlist.

JOPP is an international competition with an extremely high standard of entries. I highly recommend viewing the longlist gallery here.

The shortlist as selected by a panel of judges will be announced on the 26th April, very best of luck to all my fellow artists with the next round!

Prizes will be awarded for a number of categories, including the People’s Choice Award. If you would like to vote for Heart of Stone, your support would be very much appreciated. Voting closes on the 29th April 2018.

The inspiration for this artwork began when I found the starring stone. I was sat at Caerhays, a nearby beach here in Cornwall, and after some time spied the stone half buried by my feet. I was thrilled to discover it was so perfectly shaped, and appreciated it all the more as it lifted the mood that had been weighing heavily on me. The image itself was made possible thanks to my friend John who hand modelled so excellently, and Paul who took exactly the photograph I had hoped for. It was many years before my artistic ability matched the idea I had for the artwork, so I drew in stages, every few months, till I could finally complete my vision.

If you would like a little Heart of Stone in your life, it is available as greetings cards and limited edition giclee prints. Any queries, just get in touch.