There were celebrations last week for local artist Leanne Mullen when her painting 'Someone's Mother' was Highly Commended in the prestigious Hennessy Portrait Prize.
Launched in 2014 and jointly organised by the National Gallery of Ireland and Moët Hennessy, the prize aims to showcase contemporary portraiture.
The judges were photographic artist Jackie Nickerson, arts journalist Gemma Tipton, the director of Cork's Crawford Art Gallery Peter Murray and the National Gallery's head curator Adriaan Waiboer.
The 14-person shortlist was chosen from nearly 400 entries and their various works are currently being exhibited in the National Gallery.
Leanne is a professional artist and produces work for exhibition and commission. She has also been teaching Art for a number of years in St.Vincent's secondary school.
She enjoyed huge success recently when she took part in a joint exhibition in the local Basement Gallery.
“It is such an honour to have received this prize.
“The portrait has always been important in my work and I spend a lot of time documenting the incidental or unaware expressions of the face', Leanne explained.
"It is wonderful to have a piece exhibited in the National Gallery and the standard of the other short-listed entries was very high.
"To have my work recognised on a national platform such as the Hennessy Portrait Prize is very gratifying."
The exhibition is open to the public and will continue until March 2017.