Marlborough teen artist’s masterstroke
9:00am Saturday 19th October 2013 in News
TALENTED young artist Ellie Fisher has won international recognition after coming first in a magazine competition.
The 17-year-old beat 46 other artists for the top spot in the competition in Fawn Review – an online art magazine read by 10,000 people a month.
The competition was open to all ages and entries ranged from sculptures to paintings.
Ellie, who is in her second year of A-Levels at St John’s, submitted a pencil drawing of her 88-year-old grandmother Irene Newell.
She said: “I’ve always been interested in putting my work out there but I’ve never had the confidence. All my friends were really encouraging and supportive and I’ve had really good responses to my art work so far.
“I chose this piece because a lot of my work is portrait pieces and this one meant a lot to me.
“My grandmother was really impressed by it – she gets really emotional when she sees all my work and she was over the moon when I told her I’d won.”
Ellie, of Whittonditch Road in Ramsbury, gained 35 percent of the votes on the online poll. Her prize is a full feature article on Fawn Review, which will appear on the website within the next couple of weeks.
She said: “When I was checking the voting online it kept changing and I was going from second to fourth to fifth and I didn’t think I stood a chance.
“When comparing myself to the 46 other extremely talented artists from over the world who had entered, I didn't think I had a chance.”
“I have grown a huge amount of self confidence and it has encouraged me to enter more competitions.”
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