St Norbert College student scoops top catholic school art award

St Norbert College student Sanjita Ghimire with the Fra Angelico Award.
St Norbert College student Sanjita Ghimire with the Fra Angelico Award.

ST Norbert College student Sanjita Ghimire has won the prestigious 2018 Fra Angelico Art award for catholic school secondary students.

The Year 11 student’s artwork ‘Youth is a State of Mind’ was among 169 entries submitted by students from 31 different schools.

Sanjita said she observed the oil canvas painting’s subject during a school excursion to the ‘Sculptures by the Sea’ exhibition earlier this year.

“I felt drawn to this elderly man who was fishing by the rocks, he seemed so at peace,” she said.

“His relaxed demeanour and focus on fishing was quite mesmerising and equally calming to see.

Sanjita said she was pleased with the way the painting turned out, despite it being the first time she had used water-based oils.

“I love the harmony in the painting the most, between the man and his surroundings, and I’m really pleased that I was able to capture that,” she said.

Sanjita’s artwork ‘Youth is a State of Mind’.

Having been interested in art for several years, Sanjita said she greatly enjoyed the freedom of creating an artwork.

“It allows me to replicate certain moments or feelings that really stick with me, but mostly it is a way for me to physically create what I’ve got in my head,” she said.

“Art never becomes boring because you never reach the end, there are always more ways you can improve or more things you can make, it really is the ultimate expression of yourself and knowing that is a really freeing feeling.”