A painting that shows a vanishing world has won an award for Stornoway artist Eilidh Smith.
Eilidh, who is the daughter of the well-known artist GP Margaret Ferguson, entered her painting 'Ready for a Ceilidh' into an open festival at Patchings Art Centre in Nottinghamshire. The festival was open from July 12th to 15th and winners were voted for by visitors as well as artist judges.
She was delighted to learn that the picture, painted from the heart after a visit to family friends in Harris, won the Daler Rowney Award in the artist category at this year's exhibition.
Eilidh said: “The painting is of an afternoon spent with family friends in Harris. We were welcomed by Morag Anne and Roddy to their home for a ceilidh. Morag - their cousin from Lickisto - joined us, and I wanted to capture the scene.
“I have lovely memories of our time together beside the stove, drinking endless cups of tea and eating scones and oatcakes. I was inspired to paint the beautiful light in the room; I loved the glow from the stove.
"I realised I was portraying a vanishing world. It's a poignant memory for me as Morag died in June.”
Eilidh’s painting (pictured above) remained on exhibition until August 12th and will be included in a report about the prize-winners in the October issue of The Artist magazine.