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

Hetty Lawlor's entry, a portrait study of a young neighbour called 'Gráinne', was described by judges of the competition as "a captivating portrait, beautifully composed, perfectly executed and life-like in its use of colour, tone and texture."

Hetty, who is a pupil at Westport's Sacred Heart School, completed her drawing in acrylic and colour pencil.

She took part in the competition in previous years, and said that she was "over the moon" with her success.

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."

She said that she was inspired by her father Jimmy and his success as a 16-year-old student when he won the competition in 1984.

Chairman of the judging panel, Professor Declan McGonagle said Hetty is "the latest in a generation of young prize winners whose work is testament to the depth of artistic ability existing in Ireland today and an illustration of the very high standard of entries being submitted in the Texaco Children's Art Competition."

Hetty’s prize includes a €1,500 cheque and a visit to Tokyo in August at the invitation of the International Foundation for Arts and Culture.

She will also be a guest at the 19th International High School Arts Festival in Japan, and her work will be exhibited at the National Arts Centre.

In recent months, she was one of three finalists in the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year competition.