A SELFIE with a difference has earned a talented Barrhead schoolgirl a prestigious prize.

Corinne Deeney, 15, won the intermediate category at the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) Schools Art Awards after impressing judges with a self-portrait.

This year’s competition attracted more than 1,000 entries from 48 schools across Scotland, with just 28 youngsters winning awards.

Corinne, who is a fourth year pupil at Barrhead High, said she is thrilled by her success.

Barrhead News: Corinne's award-winning artCorinne's award-winning art

“The theme for the painting is self-reflection and I painted it in watercolour with coloured pencil on top,” she told the Barrhead News.

“I was ecstatic and so surprised to have done so well against tough competition.

“My work is inspired by the Swedish artist Linnea Strid and her hyper-realistic oil paintings.

“This award has inspired me to follow a career in art.”

Corinne has enjoyed drawing and painting from about the age of three, with her natural ability quickly noticed by her parents Chris and Marie, both 46, as well as her teachers.

Her interest in art also includes anime and fantasy drawings, creating characters, masks and figures at home.

Chris said Corinne is from a creative family.

“We always had lots of art supplies in the house, as her older sister is also very artistic, as is her younger sister,” he added.

“Her mother, as well as her granddad and various other relatives, have the same artistic talent.

“Corinne is, however, very modest about her talent and has so far only entered art competitions run by her school, excluding the RSA one.

“Marie and I are very proud of her achievement and, although we have always known how talented she is, it’s perhaps only now, having won this prestigious award, that we have come to realise just how much talent she has.”

The RSA Schools Art Award has been running since 1986 and is open to all secondary and special needs schools across Scotland.

Supported by Scottish law firm Brodies LLP, prizes recognise work which displays creativity, originality and skills of technique and observation.

An exhibition of the winning entries, including Corinne’s self-portrait, can be seen online at royalscottishacademy.org/exhibitions/238/overview until Tuesday, May 31.