Bright painting Archibald finalist

Finalist for the 2014 Archibald Prize 'Torah Bright' by Zoe Young.

Finalist for the 2014 Archibald Prize 'Torah Bright' by Zoe Young.

Winter Olympian Torah Bright and local artist Zoe Young with the 2014 Archibald Prize finalist artwork. Photo: @TorahBright on Twitter.

Winter Olympian Torah Bright and local artist Zoe Young with the 2014 Archibald Prize finalist artwork. Photo: @TorahBright on Twitter.

A PORTRAIT of Cooma winter Olympian Torah Bright is a finalist in this year's Archibald Prize.

The painting was one of 54 finalists for 2014, which was won by artist Fiona Lowry for her portrait of architect Penelope Seidler.

The painting of Torah was done by Snowy Mountains artist Zoe Young.

Young grew up on a farm in Thredbo Valley where she trained as a ski racer alongside Bright's older siblings.

After graduating at the National Art School in 2012, Young returned to the region to focus on creating art influenced by the rustic aesthetic of the mountains.

"I was having my hair done by Torah's sister Abish, the local stylist in the mountains, and we talked about snow, art, the Olympics and Torah," Young said.

"I was looking for a subject for the Archibald who was not only well-known but someone I admired and related to. Abish said Torah was in town and the next thing I knew we were in Cooma catching up."

Torah Bright is a champion snowboarder and one of Australia's most successful female winter Olympians.

Born and raised in Cooma, Bright attended local schools with her four siblings.

At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, she won a silver medal in the women's halfpipe event, the first medal for Australia in the 2014 Winter Olympics.

"Originally I planned to do an epic painting, something larger-than-life that captured the excitement and daring tricks of her sport, something really bright, maybe even with a splash of glitter," Ms Young said.

"But after the sitting, I looked through the sketches and thought, "I'm just going to paint what I saw". I caught Torah in an introspective moment, a calm silence after the chaos of recent months, somewhere between the guts and the glory, and her private and public lives," Ms Young explained.

The artwork 'Torah Bright' by Zoe Young is currently on display at the 2014 Archibald Exhibition held at the Art Gallery of NSW until September 28, 2014.

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