This painting, by Maria Heaton from Uralba, is the winner of the Bentley Art Prize. Pictured here is the judge, Rhonda Baker and administrative assistant of Richmond Dairies, Isaac Jurjens.
This painting, by Maria Heaton from Uralba, is the winner of the Bentley Art Prize. Pictured here is the judge, Rhonda Baker and administrative assistant of Richmond Dairies, Isaac Jurjens. Cathryn McLauchlan

'Sunshine Delight' wins the $1000 Bentley Art Prize

IT WAS a warm and vibrant landscape scene that stood out for this year's judge of the Bentley Art Prize, Rhonda Baker.

Ms Baker said she chose the painting, called Sunshine Delight by artist Maria Heaton, to win the prize because it was "striking to look at”.

"I find the work really engaging, it's a stand out piece,” she said. "When I judge shows I do a quick walk-through and see what makes me stop, and that piece made me stop.

"The painting showed a comprehensive understanding of composition and colour theory and well-developed painting skills,” Ms Baker said.

Show coordinator Helen Trustum said there were 600 entries this year.

"We have a lovely range of work there - artworks from Goulburn, and Canberra, Port Macquarie - and all are good in their own rights,” she said.

The award for winning the major Bentley Art Prize is $1000.

Ms Heaton's piece, along with many others on display this weekend at Bentley Public Hall are up for sale.

Prices typically range from $85 to $4000, but one painting in section eight is going for $11,000.

The full list of winners is expected to be posted at www.bentleyartprize. com.au soon.