Local artist shortlisted for national competitionA top Doncaster based equestrian and wildlife sculptor has been chosen to take part in a prestigious national art competition.
Amanda Hughes-Lubeck is one of a handful of artists from throughout the country to have been selected to exhibit in the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year competition.
Amanda is hoping to impress judges at the Mall Galleries in London on 21 May with two sculptures that have been chosen for the exhibition featuring a stag and seals. A third sculpture, featuring a polar bear, will also appear in the exhibition brochure.
She said: "This competition is the equivalent of the 'Oscars' for wildlife artists so I am absolutely thrilled to have been nominated.
"Ever since my first experience with clay as a child, I have been fascinated with moulding and carving it into shapes. Sculpture and art are my life's passion and I feel extremely fortunate to have the ability and opportunity to follow my dream."
Amanda has more than 25 years' experience as a wildlife sculptor, having previously worked for Royal Doulton for 10 years where she was head of the Beswick Design Studio. She accepts private commissions and also sells her work online at:
Amanda will be exhibiting for the first time this year at the CLA Game Fair – the world's largest celebration of the countryside and country sports – at Belvoir Castle, Grantham between 20 and 22 July.
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A farmer’s daughter from the North York Moors, where her brothers still farm, Dorothy has clocked up more than 30 years’ service to the rural economy since graduating from Wye College (University of London) with a degree in agriculture.
She qualified as a rural practice chartered surveyor (land agent) whilst working for Savills plc in London and York, dealing with sales and purchases of country houses and estates as well as the management of investment estates for financial institutions.
Prior to joining the CLA, Dorothy worked for the National Trust in Yorkshire. There she managed some 30,000 acres of outstanding countryside as well as being responsible for historic houses open to the public and the acquisition of major new properties.
Dorothy was awarded an MBE in the 2011 New Year Honours List in recognition of her services to rural affairs.
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