The work of schoolgirls wins a prestigious competition

A SELFIE with a difference has won a talented Barrhead schoolgirl a prestigious award.

Corinne Deeney, 15, won the Intermediate category at the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) Schools Art Awards after impressing the judges with a self-portrait.

This year’s competition attracted over 1,000 entries from 48 schools across Scotland, with just 28 youngsters winning.

Corinne, who is a fourth year student at Barrhead High, said she was delighted with her success.

Corinne’s award-winning art

“The theme of the painting is self-reflection and I painted it in watercolor with colored pencil on top,” she told Barrhead News.

“I was ecstatic and so surprised to have done so well against tough competition.

“My work is inspired by Swedish artist Linnea Strid and her hyper-realistic oil paintings.

“This award inspired me to pursue a career in art.”

Corinne has enjoyed drawing and painting since she was around three years old, her natural abilities being quickly noticed by her parents Chris and Marie, both 46, as well as her teachers.

His interest in art also includes cartoons and fantasy, creating characters, masks and home figures.

Chris said that Corinne comes from a creative family.

“We always had a lot of art supplies at home because her older sister is also very artistic, as is her younger sister,” he added.

“His mother, as well as his grandfather and various other relatives, have the same artistic talent.

“Corinne is however very modest about her talent and has so far only participated in art competitions organized by her school, excluding that of the RSA.

“Marie and I are very proud of her achievement and, although we have always known how talented she is, it is perhaps only now, after winning this prestigious award, that we have realized how much she has talent.”

The RSA Schools Art Award has existed since 1986 and is open to all secondary and special needs schools across Scotland.

Supported by Scottish law firm Brodies LLP, the awards recognize work that demonstrates creativity, originality and technical and observational skill.

An exhibition of the winning works, including Corinne’s self-portrait, can be seen online at royalscottishacademy.org/exhibitions/238/overview until Tuesday May 31.

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