A stunning painting of Logan Rock near Penzance has been chosen as the winning artwork in a competition launched by Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm and Newlyn Art School to capture an iconic Cornish landscape.
The winning piece is now set to take the image of the impressive natural feature and beautiful Pednevounder beach across the UK as the label for a new premium cider.
Inspired by the theme ‘Cornish Landscapes’, entries to the competition featured some of the county’s most loved locations including Bedruthan Steps and Kynance Cove, as well as exploring iconic Cornish themes such as the county’s mining heritage.
More than 1,360 members of the public voted for their favourite piece on the Healeys website, at the Cyder Farm’s visitor centre and also through magazine Cornwall Today.
The work of winner Norm Hewlett, from St Agnes, stood out thanks to his vibrant and contemporary depiction of Logan Rock and dramatic coastline bathed in sunshine.
Along with the prize money of £500.00, and seeing his painting on the labels of the new ‘Limited Edition’ Healeys cider, Norm’s work will also go on permanent display at the Cyder Farm.
Norm Hewlett, 73, said that he was absolutely delighted to have won. “I saw the competition in Cornwall Today and decided to enter my painting of Logan Rock. I think it’s the best painting I’ve done because it’s of my favourite beach in Cornwall.
“I’ve been painting for about five years now, it’s something I took up when I retired. I’d been interested in drawing in my teenage years so I had an interest in art from an early age, but being in Cornwall with such wonderful scenery has really inspired me to pick up a brush.
“I paint as you see it really, a bit like a photograph. I like landscapes as well as portraits. Portraits take me much longer to do, but are probably more rewarding in the end. Painting will always just be a hobby, but it’s something I get a lot of pleasure from. I’m so excited to have won.”
Kay Healey from Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm, said: “We have been amazed by the number of votes received, which exceeded last’s years competition. The standard of the art work was again fantastic and Norm’s work is really unique and clearly captured the imagination of the voters. Each of the final 10 entries were stunning but we are pleased that Norm has won.”
The artwork will now feature on Healeys bottles, as part of a limited edition range that includes works by professional Cornish artists, as well as last year’s inaugural winner of the competition, Rachel Lloyd Philips, who came second in this year with her depiction of South Crofty and wins a voucher for an art workshop kindly sponsored by Newlyn Art School.
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Picture: Kay Healey congratulates Norm Hewlett on winning this year’s competetion