Throughout his life Quentin Blake has been inspired by wetlands, and over the last few months we’ve asked you to get creative and be inspired by wetlands too!
Our Drawn to Water national art competition asked you to capture the wonder of wetlands at one of our sites and show what wetlands mean to you. We were astounded by the creativity and effort from everyone that entered, and it was wonderful to see the artworks and read about what wetlands mean to our artists.
After some serious deliberation, we’re thrilled to announce that our winning entry is ‘Reflections of Life’ by Robyn Brown.
Judge Sophie Stericker, from Quentin Blake Studios, said "Reflections on Life is such a worthy winner. The more you look at the artwork the more you see; I loved the concept of reflecting human relationships with those of the wildlife at Slimbridge. The drawing is clever, fun and uplifting.”
Robyn, who is an orthopaedic surgeon in training, was inspired to create her artwork by visits to WWT Slimbridge. Having visited regularly as a child, Robyn now shares her love of the site with her fiancée.
Robyn said “My inspiration for this watercolour came from the way the wildlife at wetlands so beautifully reflect our lives. Its diversity is reflected in the diversity of its visitors, young and old. It is a haven for all to enjoy. The birds' vibrant activity, chatter and interactions charmingly reflect our own relationships, highlighted in visits alongside family and friends. Wetlands are a perfect place to peacefully reflect whilst observing the reflections of life in the wildlife around us.”
Robyn wins a framed limited-edition print of ‘Heron’ by Quentin Blake, and a day ticket for up to four people to visit a WWT centre of their choice.
We’re also delighted to announce our three runners up. Each runner-up will receive a set of 6 books from The Quentin Blake Papers series, plus a day ticket for up to four people to visit a WWT centre of their choice.
Our judges felt that Heron Sunset was “visually appealing with beautiful and original colouring, giving an ethereal sense of wetlands.”
The judges thought that Autumn Lake was “a skilled and detailed piece that captures reflections beautifully. It gives a real sense of wetlands in autumn.”
Our judges described Bobbi and Cranes as “bold, original and jolly, and really captures the fun that you can have in wetlands!”