Southburn artist Zita Waldron is holding her first exhibition since winning the first ever Aigantighe Award last year.
Nine paintings and three sculptures will be on display at York St Gallery until March 8, including Mrs Waldron's favourite sculpture, Terracotta Head.
"I'm still pleased with her," she said of why it was her favourite.
Mrs Waldron has been painting for 30 years, but joined the South Canterbury Pottery Group nearly four years ago.
Since winning the Aigantighe Award for Woman with Fair Hair and Woman of the Wind II, Mrs Waldron has been working hard behind the scenes. "I try not to show anything until I've lived with them for quite a time."
She enjoyed doing life work for her paintings and said although she was critical of her works, it helped her improve them.
"I'd rather they were wrong and lively than perfect and dead."