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People left gobsmacked by schoolgirl’s brilliant art ‘What a talent!’

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The painting by the 14-year-old girl called Makenzy Beard has amazed thousands of people. The Year 9 pupil, who attends Bishopston Comprehensive School in Swansea, painted a local farmer named John Tucker.

The lifelike portrait captures the busy farmer in his Hi Vis jacket and a knitted hat. Makenzy said: “This painting has been tricky. From squeezing in an early five minutes before school to trying to paint a fluorescent jacket in the dark.

“John Tucker is a local Oxwich farmer who is never not busy. He was just as much a pleasure to paint as he is in real life. 

“His reaction when I showed him the painting was ‘I look so scruffy’, haha!”

Makenzy’s school tweeted a photo of the painting and it quickly went viral.

One astonished woman said: “Wait…Year 9? I don’t know what that means. How old is this human? If a child painted this, I want to know more…”

Another replied: “Well done Makenzy Beard and well done to her teachers for recognising and nurturing this talent.”

One kind user said: “This person has such talent. If she needs financial support to go to art college in the future let us know!”

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A fourth echoed: “Incredible painting, she has captured the textures of the clothes, the sunlight and the shadows,  just fantastic, wonderful achievement.”

A fifth commented: “Staggeringly good!! So talented. It is not only the technical achievement; it evokes an emotional response to a story that draws us in. Congratulations Makenzy Beard – certain you will be a household name before too long.”

Makenzy’s painting is so impressive it has been chosen to go on display at the Royal Academy Young Artists’ Summer Show in London from July 13 to August 8.

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