A 17-year-old from Kilmeena, Westport has been named the overall winner of the 64th Texaco Children’s Art Competition.

Hetty Lawlor, a pupil at the Sacred Heart School in Westport, won the competition with her portrait of a young neighbour called Grainne.

Her entry was described by judges as "a captivating portrait, beautifully composed, perfectly executed and life-like in its use of colour, tone and texture."

Hetty has followed in the footsteps of her father Jimmy who won the competition in 1984.

It has been quite a year for the young Westport artist, as Hetty was a finalist in the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year competition, which was broadcast earlier this year on British television.

Hetty is currently preparing for  the Leaving Cert and hopes to study Fine Art in Dún Laoghaire.

Her prize for winning the Texaco Children’s Art Competition includes a €1,500 cheque and a visit to Tokyo in August at the invitation of the International Foundation for Arts and Culture.

Following her win, Hetty said: "Knowing of the many renowned and highly talented artists who have won prizes in the competition down through the years, I feel hugely honoured to be amongst them."



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