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Lecturer’s smiling camel wins pop vote

By Patrick Nelson

“Betty and the Fence II” by Al Strangeways won the People’s Choice Award in this year’s Advocate Art prize “Betty and the Fence II” by Al Strangeways won the People’s Choice Award in this year’s Advocate Art prize

Education lecturer and private artist Al Strangeways has done it again with another striking portrait of a camel.

Dr Strangeways won the People’s Choice Award at the annual Advocate Art Award with “Betty and the Fence II”, a one-metre high oil painting of a pet camel owned by a CDU nursing student.

“Betty is a really beautiful camel with a lovely personality,” said Dr Strangeways, who recently sold the work to a camel proprietor at Yulara.

“It took me a month of weekends to paint her; longer than I had anticipated, but the big paintings are always like that.”

It is the second time Dr Strangeways has won the People’s Choice Award at the Advocate, where she has also twice won the Faces category.

Dr Strangeways is preparing for a joint exhibition “What Lies Beneath” with husband Bean in Alice Springs in October.

She is also working on a portrait of retired high school teacher Ian Sharp for the Senior Territorian of the Year Art Award.

It is another competition in which Dr Strangeways has excelled, having thrice won its People’s Choice award and twice the Acquisition Award.