After 5 weeks, 709 portraits, a 69 entry long short-list, 5,699 votes cast and 3 runners-up, we have found our winner.
With 681 votes, Ali Bannister’s ‘Your Pad or Mine?’ came in first place, winning 200 of Jackson’s handmade soft pastels together with a beautiful wooden box to put them in. On her win, Ali commented, “Thank you so, so much! I’m delighted! Being an artist isn’t a great way to make millions – well not until your dead anyway…and only if you’re lucky ….so the pastels will come HUGELY in handy and I’m SO excited to have a full range of soft pastels for the first time in my life.”
With 624 votes, Lara Provost’s colourful portrait ‘Le Destin’ came in very close second place. Lara won a set of 14 pastels as her prize.
The striking portrait, ‘Bellezza d’Oriente’ by Cristina Destri, gained 439 votes and came in third place, winning a Jackson’s set of 14 handmade soft pastels.
Coral Rose’s double pastel portrait, ‘Buddie & Nellie’, won the fourth and final prize of 14 handmade pastels, with 363 votes.
Thank you to everyone that voted and all the artists that entered. View all the short-listed entries again here.