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Youngster's artwork a wildlife winner!

PUBLISHED: 12:54 07 February 2010 | UPDATED: 16:35 30 June 2010

FOR most three-year-olds, horizons don't extend much further than the contents of their belly, the proximity of their potty or the cartoons on the telly.

FOR most three-year-olds, horizons don't extend much further than the contents of their belly, the proximity of their potty or the cartoons on the telly.

But while most her age were daubing with crayons, animal-loving Andie Brown was bugging her parents to get her a copy of the National Geographic Kids magazine.

And now, four years later, she is using her competition-winning skills with a pencil to sell off her artworks at £1 a pop - and all so she can raise money for the World Wildlife Fund.

Andie, who has two stuffed toys of her favourite species, the Siberian tiger, has been interested in wildlife for as long as she can remember.

Describing why she wants to support the WWF, the home-taught Cobholm girl said: “I don't want the animals to die out. They're adorable and lovely and there are many which could go extinct like other animals before them.

“I guess I found out about endangered animals when I first read that magazine, and I have got so many copies now that I don't know what to do with them.”

As well as filling up the house, the magazines spurred the pint-sized would-be Picasso into using her artistic talents, and she sold her first picture in November last year.

It has proved to be one of many, and at her sister's first birthday party last week seven of her drawings - which involve anything from Spongebob Squarepants to the wildlife she loves - were snapped up.

The growing demand means she is now up to £14, and she wants to make it to £50 before sending the money off. Her efforts have even inspired her four-year-old sister Willow into following suit.

Acting as agent to her daughter is proud mother Rachel Brown, who until recently used to do commissioned drawings herself.

She said: “That could be where she got that interest from, but when it comes to wildlife, who knows? She's now begging me to set up a website which she wants to name artforanimals, so that's in the pipeline too.”

Her natural caring instinct means she is a member of St John Ambulance's youth group Badgers, though her early desire to be a vet came to an end when she realised she was afraid of dogs.

However, her arty skills could always prove to be a prospect for the future. Her stepfather Howie Marsh, 42, thinks she's certainly ahead of the game now: “You wouldn't believe she was seven years old from her art. The quality of her drawings is far better than you would think for someone her age.”

Anyone interested in buying one of Andie's pictures should email Rachel on boats4feet@hotmail.co.uk


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