The work of a young Epworth artist has scooped a prestigious national award for the second time in three years.
Former South Axholme Academy pupil Cherise Foster, has been named the Young Artist of the Year award in the competition run by the Society for All Artists.
Her stunning work ‘Smoke Break’ took the top award, and also won the Best Young Artist in the Still Life status along with her stunning paintings ‘Vixen’ and ‘Young Sweep with his Pipe’.
These works both won in the categories for Best Young Artist in the Wildlife and Animal and Best Young Artist in the Portrait and Figure categories.
Cherise, 20, beat thousands of other talented young hopefuls aged 16 to 25 to take the recent titles.
She said she hopes to become a curator on completion of her studies, and aspires to run her own art gallery in the future.
Soon to enter her third year at university, she is studying Fine Art Painting at St Helen’s, with the University of Chester, that has its fine art department based in St Helen’s.
Her mother, Karen Foster, said: “Cherise has had a lot of success in her short career as an artist, selling paintings and prints all over the world.
“ She has won several competitions and exhibited her work twice in Chelsea’s Town Hall on Kings Road, London.”
Her first Young Artist of the Year win, in 2014, was with her painting ‘Golden Glade’, which was an oil painting of a woodland scene on canvas board,
She also achieved the accolade of top seller that same year, with 14 of her choice pieces snapped up by art enthusiasts.
Many art enthusiasts, both from the Isle and from much further afield are known to be tracking Cherise’s progress.
Cherise developed her keen interest in art and particularly painting from about year nine at South Axholme Academy.
She became a student at John Leggott College and continued her passion for art while studying there.
Cherise said her competition wins have increased her confidence in her work, and to pursue a future in art.
The Young Artist of the Year Competition is a wide platform that is open to everyone who would like to entertheir work, no matter what their age, ability, medium or subject matter.