TWO very talented individuals have come to the attention of Spectator this week for their very different interests.

Richmond’s Kate Green is an artist who specialises in the most intricate details of her subjects, usually plant or nature-based, and has been rewarded for her efforts with a prestigious prize from the Royal Society of Miniature Painters, of which she has been a member for just two years.

She is also a member of the Society of Botanical Artists, and has exhibited work at exclusive London exhibitions for several years.

Mrs Green says she gets a “buzz” from the details of her paintings, which often feature fruit, flowers or small animals.

Her Cherries and Lace painting won her the Gold Bowl Memorial Award Honourable Mention for artists who have an exceptional piece of miniature art.

She says she can often feel a bit cut off from the art world up in rural North Yorkshire, but it is very pleasing to know we have such a top class painter to call one of our own.

Another woman who is flying high is 19-year-old Emily Austin from Northallerton.

She was crowned Miss North Yorkshire in June and since then has raised more than £1,500 for charities helping sick children.

She is looking forward to representing her country on an upcoming trip to China and South Korea, where she will fundraise and volunteer before the main event of World Miss University competition in Beijing.

Best of luck to Emily who is also competing in Miss Great Britain next week.