Feeling like a millionaire
By Adrian Miller
Jill Bradshaw has previously made the finals of art competitions, but never before has it been as exciting as this.
In the days leading up to the announcement of the finalist for the Country Energy Art Prize for Lanscape Painting, Ms Bradshaw was struggling to cope with the anticipation.
"When I saw the letter in the letterbox my heart was racing thinking all the time whether I'd gotten in or not," she said.
"I honestly felt like a millionaire when I found out."
Her entry, Of Stone and Wood, is a mixed-media design on paper.
"I wanted to do something a little bit different for a landscape, but it just came naturally," she said.
"I started drawing it and thought 'it's looking like a quarry' so I went down to Ashby quarry to look at all the beautiful rocks.
"The dust was blowing around, there were tyre tracks in the wet mud, (and) the lovely coloured rocks on the cliff face with the green on the edges. I became very excited, came back and did this piece."