The people have chosen
Riverton artist Evangeline Coppin has received an early Christmas bonus for a painting of Milford Sound.
Coppin, 24, was awarded the Southland Art Society Inc McIntyre Dick and Partners Provincial Pride people's choice award this week, for her painting Mitre Peak, Milford Sound.
The winning work was chosen by visitors to the exhibition at City Gallery during the past three weeks, who voted for their favourite of the 48 pieces.
Coppin said she was really excited to win people's choice, as it showed the public had appreciated her art.
''It's the award that, to me, means the most.''
A self-taught artist, Coppin said she painted a lot of landscapes, especially of Mitre Peak but also enjoyed creating portraits.
The moody representation of Mitre Peak which won was one of many paintings she had created of the area, which had a recurring family connection, she said.
Coppin's father took the family tramping around Mitre Peak a lot and had also created a mosaic of the mountain.
Her job at the Riverton Community Arts Centre allowed her to experience a wide variety of art, which was where she found much of her inspiration, she said.
For her efforts, Coppin will take home $250.
- The Southland Times
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