Catherine Creaney (b. 1978) is a Northern Irish self-taught artist working primarily in portraiture in the mediums of oil, pastel and pencil in a realist style. Her work focuses on subtle expressions and lighting to convey the inner world and story of the sitter. Creaney has exhibited throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe and has won multiple awards for her work including: The ESB Keating Award and Silver Medal for an outstanding art work at the 185th Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition and First Place in the Artist’s Magazine All-Media Online Competition (2014). She has won The Drawing Prize and The Rowel Friers Perpetual Trophy at the Royal Ulster Academy’s Annual Exhibition twice. She was shortlisted for the Hennessy Portrait Prize, Dublin (2016). She has been awarded the Don Niccolo d’Ardia Caracciolo award at the Royal Hibernian Annual Exhibition, Dublin, The Henri Roche Award and The People’s Choice Award at The First International Pastel Exhibition, Rome (2017). Most recently she won the People’s Choice Award at The Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast and the Portrait Prize at the National Open Art, London (2018).