Clare was the winner of the 2011 Tom Malone Prize held and awarded by The Art Gallery of Western Australia. I was lucky enough to be included in a small handful of finalists for this prize. This award is like nothing I have ever been a part of. The three judges travel all across Australia to meet one on...well...three, to talk directly with each artist and witness the works in person. I have great respect for this process and I think if you look at the list of finalists each year for this prize, I think you will see their effort yields the best results. For me, I was surprised and excited just to come close to the finish line for this honor.
To end on a super sweet note, it seems that The Gallery of Western Australia has decided to purchase the piece I had entered into the competition! I couldn't be happier. Here is the work: