Tahlia Stanton (Year 11) was recently awarded the ‘Elise Hurst Art Award’ as a part of the Young Australian Art & Writer’s Award for 2016. These awards celebrate the artistic and literary talents of children and support the Children’s Charity Network.
Elise Hurst is an illustrator and author of children’s books and a judge of the awards. Works are judged by three judges with awards given in a number of categories and age groups.
Tahlia’s painting ‘Last One Standing’ is an acrylic and mixed media on canvas. Tahlia’s painting is an exploration of her love for wildlife art and is a tribute to the last surviving white rhinoceros.
Tahlia paints with broad, vibrant, colourful brushstrokes and in this painting also experimented with the use of gold and silver leaf.
Prints were taken from Tahlia’s original painting. These were framed and sold in a silent auction to support OzKids and their work with children’s charities.
OzKids is the organiser of the exhibition and its purpose is to promote and support children’s literary and artistic talents. The exhibition seeks to provide a vehicle for children to appreciate and develop their skills and encourage them to continue in the arts. Over 8,000 entries were submitted for the 20 awards and these 20 are showcased in the annual magazine. The magazine, produced by the not for profit organisation, allows young people to see their work showcased in a professional publication.
Tahlia was also awarded a finalist prize for her piece ‘Frida’. This work, also mixed media, is an illustrative portrait of a feline.
Tahlia also entered in 2015 and won the Commonwealth Bank award in the Senior Painting section.