HIGH school student and accomplished artist Izabella Kitching won the youth category in the City of Bayswater’s 2015 Art Awards and Exhibition with piece Roman Bust.
The 13-year-old, who has been drawing since she was six, said she painted the picture from a cast of an ancient Roman bust.
“I’m really interested in classical and realistic art and I wanted to paint the face so that it looked as if it was three dimensional,” she said.
“I liked painting the tones, contrast and face structure.”
Izabella said Roman Bust took her about 20 hours to complete and that she decided to enter the City-based awards because there were limited opportunities for people under 18 to enter art awards.
“I was really happy and grateful to get the chance to enter,” she said.
“I didn’t expect to win, especially as it is such a wide age range.
“I was a bit shocked to have won but really excited and honoured.”
Izabella said she loved art as she could express herself and there was always something new to learn.
“I love finding out about the history of art and learning why the artists did what they did,” she said.
“I just love doing art, I feel really peaceful and happy when I do it.”
The award is the fourth Izabella has received for her work, having won the Mosman youth art prize (Sydney) junior category in March; an encouragement award in the Warringah art prize (Sydney) in the 12-16 year category in August; and the Black Swan youth portraiture prize in September.
As part of the award, Izabella’s piece was exhibited at The Rise in Maylands until October 18.
Other winners are listed at www.bayswater.wa.gov.au