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Georgina's lionfish painting is a roaring success
11:15am Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
LAST year, she saw her favourite sea creature for the first time in more than 30 years.
Twelve months on, one Hampshire woman has won a prestigious art competition with her painting of a lionfish.
Georgina Gibbons, 52, a freelance artist from Harefield, Southampton, beat off more than 1,400 contestants to be crowned the BBC Wildlife Magazine Artist of the Year 2013.
She painted the creatures after an encounter at the London Aquarium, where she snapped the creature with her camera, having not seen one for more than 30 years.
They first caught her attention when she was nine years old, and during her teens Georgina would travel to aquariums just to see them.
Coming first in the Beneath the Water category, Georgina titled the two lionfish that she painted Dangerous Waters.
The image will be on display at the Society of Wildlife Artists’ exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London from October 31 to November 10.
Marwell International Wildlife Art Society will also display the picture at its exhibition at Rookesbury Park Manor in Wickham.
Georgina said: “It was such a surprise, and I’m overwhelmed really.
“Lionfish are mysterious, sinister and beautiful all at the same time, their fins like pleated chiffon.
“When I first saw them at my local aquarium, I was captivated and returned often to gaze at them.”
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