New Forest artist is the people’s favourite

Ann Squire

Published Thursday 18 September 2014

A Ringwood-based artist has scooped a prize for her painting of New Forest donkeys after it proved popular with visitors to this year’s Open Art exhibition.

Over 600 votes were cast by visitors to the annual exhibition, and Ann Squire’s painting ‘Nurture’ was the clear winner, earning her a £100 prize.

The Open Art exhibition was held at the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst throughout August and proved very popular, with daily visitor numbers up by 35 per cent compared to last year’s event. In total 9,734 people attended, viewing dozens of pieces of art inspired by the wildlife, landscape and traditions of the New Forest.

The exhibition and associated competition were run by the New Forest National Park Authority and the New Forest Centre, and were sponsored by ExxonMobil at the Fawley Refinery.

Ann said: ‘I am absolutely thrilled and delighted to receive the award. With so many beautiful paintings in the exhibition, and by very well respected local artists, I am absolutely delighted to think that people voted for my painting.

‘I love to paint animals and wildlife, so as the New Forest is teaming with wildlife I'm in my element.’

John Pemberton, New Forest National Park Authority member, said: ‘It is easy to see why Ann’s painting ‘Nurture’ was so popular with the public, I congratulate her for triumphing over so many other accomplished artists.’

If you’d like to see more of Ann’s award-winning art, you can visit her website at

View an online photo gallery of this year’s exhibition at


Notes to photo editor:

Ann Squire, with her People’s Prize winning painting ‘Nurture’.

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