Bermagui’s Bethany Thurtell was a finalist in the 2018 Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award, the nation’s most loved and richest realistic portrait prize the $50,000 with her portrait titled ‘Subjective’, Ms Thurtell has lived in the Bega Valley for the last 16 years, “and painting and drawing for as long as I can remember. My day job is a teacher,” she told Ian Campbell of About Regional.
A semi-finalist last year in the $150,000 Moran Portrait Prize and a past prize winner in the Meroogal Women’s Art Prize, Ms Thurtell has entered the Shirley Hannan for the last 10 years, but this was the first time she has been selected as a finalist.
Bermagui’s Bethany Thurtell – Subjective. Photo: Supplied.