Field rabbit saved, now Hamish is admired

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Everyone loves Hamish.

Hamish is the rabbit featured in the winning acrylic artwork of Lisa Harper.

It won the people’s choice section of the Ashburton Society of Arts annual exhibition at the Ashburton Art gallery.

Miss Harper said Hamish, now her pet, was saved from a harvester – and now he is beaming down from a gallery wall.

Miss Harper – who has returned to regular painting after 10 years in fashion – said she began painting as a child.

She said Hamish was a rabbit with attitude, and not afraid to push her hand away if he was not feeling friendly.

Miss Harper said she had entered her art in other exhibitions, sold a few, but never won anything.

“I’m pleased and surprised,” she said.

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