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Landscape Artist of the Year

Andy was one of just 48 artists selected from over 2,000 applicants to compete in Landscape Artist of the Year on Sky Arts.

The episode featuring Andy’s heat was broadcast on 14th February 2024 and took place in Kent where the competing artists were given just 4 hours to paint a view of the impressive Hever Castle; all vying for a place in the semi-final.

He was selected to take part in the series on the strength of his submission painting of the beach at Colwell Bay.

“After being a fan of the programme for years, I finally took the plunge and applied to take part. To be selected from so many talented artists is amazing,” said Andy.

With a style that is typically very detailed, Andy’s landscape paintings are conveyed in intricate pen-and-ink and watercolour, so he had to adapt to the demanding timescale.

“The day was hard work; the 4-hour time limit was a challenge and it certainly added to the pressure,” he said.

"But it was an incredible experience and it was a joy to meet everyone involved in making the series, and the members of the public who came along to support us all.”

Andy was seen competing against seven other artists on the day with a winner being selected by three prominent judges: Kathleen Soriano, Tai Shan Schierenberg and Kate Bryan.