Stella display!

Award winning art work Spolit for Choice, created by Stella Mays of Hebden Bridge

Award winning art work Spolit for Choice, created by Stella Mays of Hebden Bridge

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A Hebden Bridge artist has won an award for her work at a prize giving ceremony at the Mall Galleries in London.

Stella Mays was named the Wildlife in Action category winner for her work ‘Spoilt for Choice’ at the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s 2012 Wildlife Artist of the Year awards.

Stella, 39, said she couldn’t believe her name had been called.

“I went down with my dad and we were walking around the Mall Galleries surrounded by artists and some incredible art work,” she said.

“We were a long way from the stage and as they started announcing my award I was day dreaming a bit because I wasn’t expecting them to announce my name.

“When they did it took a minute or two to register. I was properly astounded to win, and my work sold on the night which was good.

“For as long as I can remember I have always loved nature and I have painted a wide range of subjects, although big cats have become a favourite,” she said.

Wildlife artist and conservationist, David Shepherd CBE who launched the art competition in 2008 to raise funds and awareness for endangered wildlife, said: “The entries were quite magnificent this year and Stella is a very worthy winner.

“From the judges’ point of view the drama and technical excellence in all the work is quite breathtaking.”

Judge Carol Cordrey added: “The pouncing lioness creates panic and powdered earth in a wonderful evocation of wildlife in action.”