Young talent on exhibition
FIFTEEN-year-old Sienna van Rossum impressed many art fans at this year’s Tweed Border Art Prize exhibition.
Tweed River Art Gallery director Susi Muddiman said Miss van Rossum’s painting received by far the most positive comments.
Many gallery visitors thought the painter’s first oil, Wollumbin’s Child, was a photograph, Miss Muddiman said.
“People couldn’t believe how young she was,” she said.
The young artist participated in her first art display at Tweed City Shopping Centre when she was six years old.
“I have been painting since I can remember,” Miss van Rossum said.
Her talent was first discovered at school where her teachers encouraged her to pursue a career in art.
Miss Rossum enjoys painting portraits and has never had formal art training.
“I love to paint portraits of emotion because you can see what people are going through in their faces,” she said.
Some of the painter’s recent works include portraits of indigenous Australians.
“I enjoy painting indigenous people because of their beautiful skin tones,” she said.
Visitors at the exhibition offered to buy the painting but Miss van Rossum said she would rather keep her artwork.
“I prefer not to sell my paintings because of the special bond I have with them,” the artist said.
The talented teenager said if she was to sell a limited print of her painting, it would most likely be priced around $800.