Artist aims to swoop for exhibition prize

PRIZE AIM -- artist Paula Fardell  with 'Talons on the Tavern of Fothergill'
PRIZE AIM -- artist Paula Fardell with 'Talons on the Tavern of Fothergill'

HUCKNALL painter Paula Fardell is hoping to swoop to land a second successive prestigious honour at the upcoming Nottingham Society of Artists exhibition.

Paula (37) is having two pieces of work put on show at the Society’s showpiece event, which is being held at its gallery on Friar Lane, Nottingham.

What’s more, she is hoping to repeat her success from last year’s autumn exhibition when she won top prize.

Paula, of Mulberry Grove, has two pieces in the upcoming show. One is ‘Talons on the Tavern of Fothergill’, which depicts a dragon swooping on the famous Hucknall landmark, Watson Fothergill’s Coffee Tavern, on High Street (now the base of Hucknall Tourism and Regeneration Group). The other is a watercolour of some owls sitting on a tree branch and is entitled ‘Twitter’.

Paula has been a member of the Society for years and has had paintings displayed in its spring and autumn exhibitions in the past.

“I won first prize in the autumn so I am hoping to win something in this one, though there is a lot of competition,” she said.

“It would be great for people to go along and have a look at mine and everyone else’s work, because there are a lot of great artists there.”

Paula, who also uses her maiden name of Hodgkinson on her artwork, produces naturalistic, fine-detail work featuring birds, fantasy scenes and even tattoos.

She devotes most of her time to falconry and bird-of-prey painting and also does commissioned work for clients as well as taking part in exhibitions.