Local talent tops list in national comp

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An East Wemyss artist and Fife College lecturer has been shortlisted for a prestigious award for her watercolour work.

Patricia Bray’s On the Edge was picked out from 80 other artist’s work in the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition.

“I was very surprised as the piece was a little more edgy than others I had previously entered,” said Patricia. “I have always drawn and painted and as a teenager the highest aspiration I had was to go to Art College, but to be an artist and somehow make a living out of it seemed like a dream.”

Working from her East Wemyss home, Patricia takes inspiration for her work from the landscape around her. She said: “As an artist you always remain open to your surroundings. Living by the sea is inspiring with ever changing hues and colours, which I’m sure affect the palette I use.”

The judging panel selected 90 works by 80 artists which will be displayed at the Mall Galleries in London.

A prize fund of £17,500 is awarded to the top three artists and will be announced during August.

A former pupil of Buckhaven High School, Pat is involved in the ‘Step In’ project at Fife College, which prepares students for future study and work.

For a chance to see Patricia’s work closer to home, Central Fife Open Studios takes place from September 11-13. Details at www.centralfifeopenstudios.org.