Rutherglen High School student Olive Russell recently sold one of her drawings on display at the Tastes of Art Exhibition held over the March long weekend.
The Year 8 student entered the exhibition with a drawing she created in her own time.
The exhibition was part of the Tastes of Rutherglen weekend and was open to all ages, so Olive’s drawing was judged against 350 other entries.
Olive created a black and white pencil portrait of an elderly man.
Originally, she had planned to use this as a practise drawing but, as it turned out better than expected, she decided to enter it.
The drawing took her about seven hours to create.
Olive drew her inspiration for this piece from the internet.
Initially she wasn’t sure what she should draw, so she searched for portraits online and a drawing of an elderly man caught her eye.
The character and wisdom on the man’s face was something that Olive admired, so she worked towards emulating these features in her own piece.
She had great success at the art show, selling her drawing to a young lady who grew up in Rutherglen but now lives in Brisbane.
She sold her piece for $90 and is very happy that someone liked her work enough to purchase it. Olive thinks this experience has improved her drawing skills and believes she has progressed as an artist.
She is planning on doing more work with portraiture, both at home and in the community, and hopes to be able to enter more exhibitions and art competitions.
Olive has hopes of pursuing a career as an artist.
She encourages everyone to step outside of their comfort zone and try new things.