Talented Becca ‘digs’ out a victory

Becca Sturdgess next to her painting 'Digger' ANL-151103-142126001
Becca Sturdgess next to her painting 'Digger' ANL-151103-142126001

A talented young woman who started painting while she recovered from serious operations has won the prestigious best newcomer award at this year’s South Holland Open Arts exhibition.

Becca Sturdgess (26) was given the accolade for her painting ‘Digger’ which pictures a JCB vehicle and a tractor in a field.

Becca, who lives in Northamptonshire but has family in Spalding, started painting ten years ago while she recovered in hospital from an operation. She studied Fine Art at university.

Becca said: “My friend drives a JCB and gave me a photo of one of his diggers. As Spalding is a rural area I thought it would make a nice local piece.

“I honestly never expected it to win. I was totally caught off guard when my name was announced and it took a while to sink in.

“The quality of the work here is amazing and it’s great to see so many visitors enjoying themselves.”

South Holland Open Arts runs at the South Holland Centre in Spalding until tomorrow (Thursday).

The annual event, which has been running since 1999, aims to showcase the best work by professional and amateur artists who live and work in South Holland and the surrounding area.

On display is a wide variety of art including paintings, drawings, photography, mosaics and sculptures.

For more details visit www.sholland.gov.uk