Artist paints second BBC wildlife award in two years

Artist Julie Cross. (S)
Artist Julie Cross. (S)
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Wetherby artist Julie Cross has won her second award in the BBC Wildlife Magazine Artist of the Year competition.

Julie won in the World Mammals category with her image of a warthog family entitled The Chase.

Judges said: “This deceptively simple monochromatic painting beautifully captures the swirling dust, harsh sunlight and heat of the action, while also evoking a cave painting.”

Julie added: “I took the photo on which this image is based at a water hole in Hell’s Gate National Park, Kenya.

“I chose sanguine powder to echo the hot, red dust, applying this to roughly gessoed paper to mirror the raw power of the environment and the warthogs, while the joie de vivre of a family at play shines through.”

As a category winner, Julie’s artwork has been published in the September 2013 issue of BBC Wildlife Magazine, and on BBC Wildlife Magazine’s website,

It was also showcased at the Marwell International Wildlife Art Society ( exhibition at Rookesbury Park Manor, Wickham, from 30 August to 1 September 2013.

Julie is to put some of her animal art work, as well as many others, in exhibition ‘Combined Harvest’, a joint art showing with local artists Rachel McNaughton and Vivienne Rawnsley at RHS Harlow Carr Gardens, Harrogate, in the Old Bath House, 16 – 23 October 16-23, open 10–4pm.

“I and the other artists, will be painting there every day, so it’s a rare opportunity to see us at work,” added Julie.