THE eyes of the world have been on London throughout the Olympics.
And now many an admiring glance is being directed at a watercolour of an iconic London landmark painted by a Sheffield woman.
Maggie Ballinger, aged 60, from Fulwood, has been named as a finalist in a maritime art competition organised by one of the UK’s oldest seafaring charities, the UK the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society.
The painting, Ships at Tower Bridge,in watercolour was voted one of three finalists in a public vote in the exhibition.
Participants were encouraged to create an original piece of artwork with a maritime theme.
The competition received 24 entries and they were whittled down to three finalists in a public vote which secured 187 votes via the charity’s Facebook page.
The contest was judged by marine artist Geoff Hunt whose work features on the covers of Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturin books.
No stranger to the society, Maggie was a winner in a previous competition run by the charity to write a maritime limerick.
Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society chief executive Malcolm Williams, said: “The society was extremely impressed with the quality of artwork entered .
“This was a creative way to celebrate the contribution of those who work at sea, whether fishing its depths, or transporting products we take for granted.”