For most of us, success comes with age and a whole lot of practice. Not so for Shania McDonagh, whose life-like drawings are winning competitions and securing her place as a young artist worth watching.
According to an article in Parentdish, the Irish 16-year-old has received the Texaco Children's Art Competition prize for four years straight, and collected some tidy winnings to the tune of $2,075 (€1,500).
In fact, it hardly seems fair to other contestants to place her under an age-based category.
McDonagh's sketch of an Irish fisherman called "Coleman," which took a month to complete, won her the accolade this year. She apparently worked from a photograph in a book called Vanishing Ireland, replicating the portrait in impressive detail.
Not only has her work captivated the internet, it has caught the attention of art lovers and critics around the world.
Set the bar high, kids, and do what you love.
This art prodigy's paintings sell for a pretty penny.