A flight over the Painted Hills in South Australia has led to an Orange artist being named as a finalist in the inaugural National Capital Art Prize.
Ted Lewis from Ophir has been selected as a finalist in the Open section of the award for his work Out Back Road, which captures isolated desert tracks.
Mr Lewis said he was mostly self taught, has been exhibiting for 44 years and was inspired by artists from the Heidelberg School such as Arthur Streeton and Tom Roberts.
"I've been painting all my life, I started using paint in high school," he said.
"It's been a lifetime of experience and work and pleasure."
He said he painted this photo from photos he took when Orange man Steve Turner flew him over the painted hills in a light aircraft a couple of years ago.
Experts from across Australia's art industry selected 121 finalists from a field of more than 1000 submissions from across the country in the prize, which has four categories, Open, First Nations, Landscape and Student.
Category winners set to share a prize pool of $45,000. All finalist artworks are on display in a virtual gallery and people can vote daily until September 30 to determine who wins the $2500 people's choice cash prize.
It is the only art competition to allow entrants to paint any vision, such as portrait, landscape or abstract and any subject. Category winners will be announced in October with a public exhibition in Canberra to follow.
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