Tourism competition winner announced

2017-11-15 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedThe winner in the Sapphire Coast Tourism competition is Christopher Chapman with this painting capturing a diving experience in Umkomaas.

PHOTO: suppliedThe winner in the Sapphire Coast Tourism competition is Christopher Chapman with this painting capturing a diving experience in Umkomaas.

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THE winner of the Sapphire Coast Tourism competition is Christopher Chapman, who submitted a painting capturing a diving experience in Umkomaas.

“My brother-in-law, Conrad John Hallowell, is a diver who works for a diving company in Umkomaas and this picture of him inspired me to do this painting,” Chapman said who captured the oil painting on primed Masonite.

“I am a member of the Upper South Coast Art Association and I have been an artist since the age of 19 and attempt to do art as a full- time profession,” he said.

Chapman’s favourite paintings are seascapes and landscapes. “I sometimes also include people and animals as I have done with the winning picture. When I am painting I pretend I am in the scene that I am painting,” Chapman said.

He added that he works mostly from his own, but also other people’s photographs. Chapman is also a musician, poet and songwriter.

“I like to thank God, Sapphire Coast Tourism and the Amanzimtoti Fever for this valuable opportunity.

I am grateful for the gift of art, as it has opened doors for me to meet interesting, kind and creative people, as well as enjoy many happy times painting and in nature,” Chapman said.

He added that he would like to encourage others to never give up on their gifts.

“I believe our strengths are in the things we enjoy most and we are designed for the purpose of bringing glory to our creator and being of great benefit to everyone,” he said.

Chapman was born in Durban, and later moved to Hillcrest. He lives in Umkomaas and has his art displayed in several galleries in Durban North, Umhlanga and Hillcrest. He also does commissions.

Sapphire Coast Tourism invites the public to submit their written entries on the Sapphire Coast Photo Competition Facebook page for this month’s competition.

Write a short story, poem, rhyme, slogan or even a song that best describes the Sapphire Coast, our attractions, its people and more to be submitted on or before November 30.

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