A painting donned with colourful flowers and plants is hanging in a gallery with the hope of winning a Southern River artist an industry-renowned prize.
Southern River College year 11 student Carmela Fruelda’s piece Greenest Thumbs of Mama has been named as a finalist in this year’s Shaun Tan Awards in the upper secondary category.
Carmela produced the artwork as part of her Certificate II in Visual Arts course after being inspired by her grandmother’s own garden.
“She had a true love for gardening and I admire her talent because every rose I have ever had has died on the second day,” she said.
“I am proud that I have been able to showcase my talents in art with her on my mind.”
The well-respected art competition draws interest from all corners of Western Australia with students in years one to 12 eligible to enter.
Entries are judged on their originality, concept, technique and choice of materials used and prizes are presented to the top three entries in each category.
Carmela said she was both thrilled and surprised to hear that her work had been named as a finalist out of some 1500 entries.
“I grew up thinking that I was just an average student in art class as I have always looked up to and admired other students’ great works,” she said.
“However, this acknowledgement has lifted my confidence in art and I would like to keep doing my best to improve.
“I am considering going to university to study a Bachelor’s degree in a science field.”
Carmela’s work will be displayed in the 2018 Shaun Tan Award exhibition at the Subiaco Library from July 10 to August 5.