Amanda is hoping to carve out top career

Amanda Hughes-Lubeck is one of a handful of artists from throughout the country to have been selected to exhibit in the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year competition.

Amanda Hughes-Lubeck is one of a handful of artists from throughout the country to have been selected to exhibit in the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year competition.

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A SCULPTOR is carving out a career for herself as a respected artist after she was nominated for a prestigious prize,

Amanda Hughes-Lubeck is one of only a handful of artists from throughout the country to have been selected to exhibit in the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year competition.

The 43-year-old used to create Postman Pat figurines but is well known for her detailed bronze sculptures, which have been on display at Doncaster Racecourse among other venues.

She is also known for work depicting animals in a style she likens to that of Henry Moore.

Her career has gone from strength to strength since she moved to Bessacarr.

Amanda said: “Being shortlisted is unbelievable - I can’t say how excited I am about it.

“I’ve always loved making sculptures of wildlife. When I was at school we had a pottery lesson, and we made what were effectively coils of clay. Most people made pots and vases, but I made mine into an owl.

“I’ve still got it.”

Amanda has more than 25 years experience as a wildlife sculptor, having previously worked for Royal Doulton for ten years where she was head of the Beswick Design Studio. She accepts private commissions and also sells her work online.

Her current success is a far cry from some of her porcelain work. She found her toughest assignment to be her porcelain Postman Pat.

She said: “I really wish I hadn’t been asked to do Postman Pat. They did me a CD ROM of images of him from all angles.

“But every time I switched it on, I had to listen through the whole Postman Pat theme tune.

“It took several weeks to finish the whole sculpture I felt scarred for life.

“I nearly screamed once after that when I saw a man dressed up in a Postman Pat outfit.”

Amanda is hoping to impress judges at the Mall Galleries in London on May 21 with two sculptures that have been chosen for the exhibition featuring a stag and seals. A third sculpture, featuring a polar bear, will also appear in the exhibition brochure.

She said: “This competition is the equivalent of the ‘Oscars’ for wildlife artists so I am absolutely thrilled to have been nominated.

“Ever since my first experience with clay as a child, I have been fascinated with moulding and carving it into shapes.

“Sculpture and art are my life’s passion and I feel extremely fortunate to have the ability and opportunity to follow my dream.”