Siblings’ love celebrated on canvas

Isabel Black Gracia’s portrait of her brother, Diego, currently hangs in the prestigious Art Gallery of NSW.

It is a feat many artists dream of, and Isabel has achieved it at just 10 years
of age.

Her teachers at St Peter’s Primary School in Stockton nominated her work for the Young Archie award, and shared in Isabel’s delight when it was announced as one of 40 finalists from more than 2,100 entries.

Teacher, Jane Boyd says there is something about the artwork that makes it stand out.

“It’s been created with so much care and attention to detail, and it is such a beautiful reflection of her brother,” Mrs Boyd says.

The portrait of Diego is a celebration of the siblings’ connection, and was created using oil pastels, water pencils, crayons, and textas as well as a collage of newspaper and magazine clippings.

The budding artist chose Diego as the subject of her portrait because she was asked to create an image of someone she loved.

“I chose to do lots of colour because he is a very colourful person and always happy,” Isabel says. 

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Lizzie is Team Leader Content for the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.

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