Artist Scarlett’s colourful works inspired by Hockney

Rosie Flo colouring competition winner Scarlett Finlay, six-years-old from West Vale
Rosie Flo colouring competition winner Scarlett Finlay, six-years-old from West Vale
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A BUDDING artist got a pleasant surprise after winning a national art competition she didn’t even know she had entered.

Talented Scarlett Finlay, six, from Greetland, pestered her mum Michelle to send her picture to Rosie Flo colouring books after reading that it could be displayed online.

Michelle sent off Scarlett’s picture, which she drew when she was five after getting the colouring book as an easter gift from her grandma, in the hope it would be chosen to be displayed. But she was shocked when she received an email back from Rosie Flo saying that not only would Scarlett’s work be displayed, but she had won the summer competition.

Michelle said: “We didn’t realise it was a competition when we entered, we just wanted to see if they would put it on their website. We couldn’t believe it when the email came through.”

As well as having her work on display in prime position on the online gallery, she was sent a certificate and £50 worth of specialist art materials.

“When I told her she had won she was screaming with excitement,” said Michelle.

The Rosie Flo colouring books require children to not just colour, but also draw different body parts which helps develop their artistic flair, something which Michelle says Scarlett really enjoys.

“She’s always been into her art. We’ve taken her to galleries and she really likes the work of David Hockney, Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst.”

While Scarlett, who goes to Greetland Academy, will have to focus on her school work, Michelle thinks a career as an artist is not beyond possibility.