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A young artist has made history by becoming the first painter from the Hebrides to compete in the Sky Portrait Artist Of The Year competition.

Eilidh Smith, along with her mother and fellow-artist, Margaret Ferguson, both entered the competition last year.

Margaret said: "It was my own fourth time of entering the competition and Eilidh's first.

"Last February, Eilidh got a phone call to say she was through to the heats.

"In April, we travelled to the heat in Battersea where she competed with eight other artists." 

A spokesperson from the Artist Of The Year competition said: "One of the things we love about the show is that it attracts people from all over the UK and even more so when it's from somewhere as special as The Hebrides.

"It was a pleasure to have Eilidh in the competition and to see someone so young create such brilliant work."

Eilidh's episode will be broadcast on Tuesday 11 February on the Sky Arts channel.