Johnstone’s Young Painter of the Year
Johnstone’s Young Painter of the Year – Student’s Brush With Success.
A student from Newcastle College has marked himself out as the country’s finest young decorator after brushing aside the competition in the final of the prestigious Johnstone’s Young Painter of the Year competition.
Daniel Halliday, who is studying for a Diploma in Painting and Decorating, beat off competition from seven of the country’s most talented decorators under the watchful glare of thousands of professional decorators at the National Painting and Decorating Show at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena.
Organised by leading paint manufacturer Johnstone’s, the Young Painter of the Year competition aims to showcase young talent, reward best practice and encourage young people to enter the professional painting and decorating industry.
Tasked with undertaking two days of highly skilled painting at Johnstone’s dedicated stand, Daniel held his nerve to claim the coveted top spot. In doing so he ensured that he walked away with an array of prizes, including an LCD TV, an iPad and digital camera, as well as VIP tickets to the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final at Wembley and the prestigious Johnstone’s Painter of the Year Awards in 2013. As if all this wasn’t enough, Daniel was also presented with products by Earlex, Graco, Mirka, Purdy, Hamilton and Toupret.
A thrilled Daniel said: “It’s been an incredible experience and I’m just delighted to have won Johnstone’s Young Painter of the Year. With thousands of people walking past each day, the nerves were really jangling but in the end I managed to keep it together and I’m thrilled to have come out on top. I’ve picked up a number of skills that I’ll take back with me into my studies and work, particularly how to perform under pressure.
“Johnstone’s technical trainer Ken Hopkins said: “What is particularly great about Johnstones Young Painter of the Year competition is that the finalists really do have to perform under pressure and completing such complex tasks in timed conditions and in full view of thousands of professionals at the National Painting and Decorating Show is no easy feat. Now in its eighth year, the 2012 event has been the most successful to date and it’s great to see so much young talent out there. All the finalists should be extremely proud of their achievements.”
Entries for the 2013 Johnstone’s Young Painter of the Year competition are now being accepted and following a number of regional heats during the spring, the best of the best will once again come together for the national final.
Entry forms are available by visiting: www.johnstonestrade.com/young-painter-of-the-year.aspx