Artist’s winning debut of her nature series
LEAH Anketell said her "heart fluttered" when she discovered she was the People's Choice winner of the 2014 Byron Arts Classic.
"Every artist needs feedback and this meant so much - to know the crowd loved the work," she said.
The Byron Bay artist was chosen for her painting, The Knight Dreamer, a 1x1m oil and gold leaf artwork which is part of a new series featuring dogs and their relationships to nature.
The painting depicts her late grandfather's Jack Russell, Rocky, with goldfish floating across the canvas.
"Goldfish and dogs actually have a lot in common," Ms Anketell said.
"They are both breeds of animal that humans have genetically modified for our own personal use and fashions."
As winner of the People's Choice Award, she wins $250 cash and a $250 voucher from The Balcony restaurant and bar.
Leah Anketell's work is represented by the Red Hill Gallery in Brisbane, and Gallery V in Woolloomooloo, Sydney.