Budding artist


Artist and James Hargest College Year 9 pupil Sophie McElhinney (13) stands in front of her almost completed artwork Woman in Hijab on the Tay St wall of the inner city development in Invercargill.

Sophie began the work while the Burt Munro Challenge was on, and said many bikers had stopped to ask her about it.

She had spent about 11 hours on the piece, which is painted with test pot paints, with just a little bit more work to do, she said.

Sophie enjoyed it when people had stopped to comment on her piece.

“I kind of feel like I’m on top of the world.

“I sort of felt embarrassed but then proud of it too.”

The inspiration for the piece came after seeing Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern wearing a Hijab at the time of the mosque shootings in Christchurch, she said.

It was the biggest artwork she had worked on but was hoping to do more large pieces in the future.

Photo: Karen Pasco