Gruelling work pays off for Sally Croft with animal portrait taking people’s choice award at Darlington Arts Festival youth exhibition

Darlington Arts Festival Youth Art Co-ordinator Megan Fraser with Sally Croft and her winning portrait of an elephant.
Darlington Arts Festival Youth Art Co-ordinator Megan Fraser with Sally Croft and her winning portrait of an elephant.

WEEKS of painstaking effort paid off when Sally Croft’s animal portrait won the people’s choice award in the youth exhibition at the Darlington Arts Festival.

The Swan Christian College graduate discovered her artistic ability at high school and when a teacher suggested an animal portrait, she chose an elephant.

“I had two really great art teachers who encouraged and helped me a lot,” she said.

Her preference is to work with light and shade, using a fine-liner pen and water to create highly detailed drawings.

The piece was due for completion in one semester, but because of the intricacy of the work took much longer and already she has committed to drawing a rhinoceros.

“It was hard work and really draining, but it was worth it because it turned out well,” she said.

The 17-year-old, who lives in Gidgegannup, wants to become a primary school teacher and plans to enrol in an educational assistance course this year.

Darlington Arts Festival is a November community event and every year, Mundaring Bicentennial Scholarship Trust sponsors the $250 people’s choice award for students aged 13 to 18.

For more details, visit www.darlingtonartsfestival.org.