Elise gets Young Archie nod

Young artist: Elise Beldoza has made the cut for this year's Young Archie competition. Picture: Gene Ramirez

Young artist: Elise Beldoza has made the cut for this year's Young Archie competition. Picture: Gene Ramirez

A BUDDING artist from Dural is a finalist in this year's Young Archie competition.

The competition, held by the Art Gallery of NSW, received 1015 entries from people aged five to 18.

Entrants had to do a portrait of a person who has played a significant role in their life.

Elise Beldoza, 12, sketched Liz Wilson, her art teacher at St Agatha's Catholic Primary School.

It took her 15 hours, using with a HB, 2B and other graphite pencils to recreate in detail her teacher's face.

Elise said her teacher was very important in her life.

"She has helped me with art techniques and skills," she said.

"She has helped improve my ability [in art]."

Elise said she was very surprised to be named a finalist in this year's competition.

"I didn't think I would ever be chosen," she said. "I didn't think I was that good."

Elise's artwork is on display at the Art Gallery of NSW, in her first exhibition.

"It's pretty cool," she said.

"I want to thank my family and friends who come to the gallery to see my work."

Elise hopes to pursue a career in art.

The competition was judged by Hills artist Ben Quilty, a gallery trustee who won the Archibald Prize in 2011; and Victoria Collings, the gallery's senior co-ordinator of education and family programs.

Each winner receives a $100 ANZ Visa gift card, an art hamper from Faber-Castell and a family pass to the Pop to popism exhibition at the gallery as well as an ANZ money box and Archibald 14 catalogue.

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