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Award-winning artist ‘not very good at painting’

Frippie Jameson

Frippy Jameson lives and works near Kelso in the Scottish Borders (BBC)

A Borders sculptor has taken his place alongside some of Britain’s top artists.

Frippy Jameson, who lives and works near Kelso, recently won the Lockbund Award at the 60th exhibition of the Society of Portrait Sculptors.

She admitted she was thrilled to be exhibiting her sculpture of a young girl called Flora, Northumberland.

So she was stunned when she heard that she had beaten well-known artists for the prize.

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Frippy said her award-winning work tested her artistic skills (BBC)

She said she was happy just to make it to the exhibit.

“It’s their 60th anniversary and I was extremely excited to be there as these are the best figurative sculptors in the country,” she said.

“The evening before I traveled to London, I received an email informing me that I had won the Lockbund Award for the best child portrait in the exhibition.

“It’s quite career-defining because as an artist you spend a lot of time struggling with other jobs and trying to get to a position where you can actually just sculpt, so to be judged by your peers and selected for something like that is just fantastic.”

Frippy believes the south of Scotland has provided her with the perfect place to enjoy nature and has built a national reputation for life-size sculptures of people and animals, especially horses.

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Frippy is best known for her horse sculptures (BBC)

However, she admits that the award-winning piece pushed her to her limits.

“This piece, Flora, was a real test of how far I could go with my skills and all the knowledge I have gathered,” she said.

Frippy combined teaching art in schools with various other jobs before turning to sculpting full-time eight years ago as her talent became more widely recognized worldwide.

She believes Scotland could produce many more sculptors if children were given the opportunity to learn.

She said: “I’m not very good at painting or drawing, and I think children in schools often say, ‘I can’t make art.’

“But sculpture is a very different way of thinking, and that’s something I’d like to get more involved in: encouraging children and young adults to take up sculpture.

“A kid who likes to make Legos or build things with wood, and just knock things together, probably has more of an engineering or sculpting mind.”

Her work will be on display at the Inception Art Show at Dalkeith Palace from May 3 to May 12, which is raising money for My Name’s Doddie Foundation.