WHEN 12-year-old Eleanor Wyndham was asked to create a portrait of somebody that inspires her, the person that came to her mind was Scone local and family friend Tracy.
Little did she know the pencil drawing, entitled “Miss Trix”, would see her take out a Young Archie award at the Tamworth Regional Gallery.
“We were required to submit an artwork of a certain size and you had to draw somebody you admire, inspires you, or has meant a lot to you in your life,” Eleanor said.
“When I decided to do our friend Tracy, she sent us a photo and I worked on it a couple of nights before submitting it.
“Of course all drawing can be a bit tricky but I kept at it.”
The soon-to-be Year 7 student who attended Scone Public School took out the 9-12 year category, presented her award by Murrurundi artist and Archibald Prize finalist David Darcy who was a judge of the competition.
Eleanor described the subject of her portrait as a fun, happy person.
“She’s very caring, vibrant and a great subject choice I thought,” she said.
“I’ve been drawing for ages, but I’ve never done anything quite like this before. I was always up for small competitions, but this was huge.”
The Young Archie competition was part of the 2018 Archibald Prize regional tour, open to school children across the region.
The children’s edition of the long-standing Archibald Prize competition features at the Art Gallery of NSW annually but this year, to coincide with the regional tour to Tamworth, local children between the ages of five to 18 were given the opportunity to submit their work in four age categories.
Artwork was assessed on merit and originality with one winner and five finalists from each category exhibited at Tamworth Regional Gallery until Sunday January 27 2019.