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Dorset Artist Up For Top Award

Hunting Dogs16 by L Paul Matthews

Published at 10:00am 10th April 2016. (Updated at 7:29am 11th April 2016)

One Dorset artist may be set on course to be named Wildlife Artist of the Year 2016.

The Hunting Dogs painting, by L Paul Matthews, has made the final selection at the prestigious exhibition at The Mall Galleries in London.

The framed canvas oil piece shows African hunting dogs on the move for potential prey in Botswana's Savute region.

L Paul Matthews said: "I wanted to paint a fairly loose style painting to convey movement.

"Sketching wild dogs in Botswana was an exciting experience, as they are so elusive.

"On one setting, whilst sketching a pack going through Chobe I was being constantly bitten by stingless bees and biting flies.

"It was a real challenge.

"On another occasion, at first I could only see two pairs of ears, until a leopard came into view, when 12 dogs suddenly appeared.

"Needless to say, the leopard made its escape back up the ridge once it noticed the pack."

He added that the exhibition coinsides with him visiting Denmark, and said it is unfortunate he will no be able to deliver the painting personally. 

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