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Loyal friends . . . Alexandra artist Denis Kent displays the art work that won him another People's Choice Award at this year's Central Otago Art Society Awards Blossom Art Festival Exhibition. PHOTO: ALEXIA JOHNSTON

Beloved golden Labrador Jess has helped secure her master another People’s Choice Award at this year’s Central Otago Art Society Awards Blossom Festival Art Exhibition.

Jess, who died at the age of 13, has continued providing her owner, Denis Kent, with inspiration – this time for a work titled Jess Having a Rest Day

The oil painting features eight dogs guarding a small shelter in a rural setting.

Peeking out from a gap in the shelter is a small tuft of Jess’ hair.

This year’s award is not the first of its kind for Mr Kent, who was also named last year’s People’s Choice Award winner for another Jess inspired creation, titled It Looks Like Rain Jess

Winning the title again this year came as a surprise to Mr Kent, who lives in Alexandra.

“It was very, very nice.”

His winning work was one of three creations he had in this year’s exhibition, which was part of the Central Otago Art Society Awards.

Last year Mr Kent was also presented with a life membership award, recognising more than 50 years of contributions to the exhibition.

His long history of painting dates back to his childhood.

“I went to Dunedin North Intermediate in about 1952 and I, obviously, had a bit of a talent and was encouraged by a teacher .. and from there on it’s just grown.”

Although Mr Kent enjoys the process of creating art, it was the people he had met along the way that he had enjoyed the most.

“I love meeting people. It’s [been enjoyable because of] the friends I’ve made and people I’ve met from all around the world.”

ALEXIA.JOHNSTON

@alliedpress.co.nz