Chriss childhood passion pays off

Local artist Christopher Wilkinson with his art teacher Kerrie Divett displaying his Olphert Art Competition Judges Choice Award for his painting USS Starship Enterprise GTX 73.

Casino-based artist Christopher Wilkinson reckons he was a naughty little boy who used to love nothing better than drawing all over the walls with crayons, much to the dissatisfaction of his mother Mavis.

Now 28, Christopher still loves to draw, although hes since confined his talents to canvas, and has held two solo exhibitions in Lismore as well as having his work exhibited in Los Angeles.

Christopher, who lives with epilepsy, never expected his art to win a prize, and he got the surprise of his life recently when his painting USS Starship Enterprise GTX 73 won the $2,000 Judges Choice Award in the Armidale Olphert Art Competition.

I knew I was good but I didnt think I was quite that good! Christopher laughed. I love painting because its a way for me to express myself and really make a statement to communicate.


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