A CORK artist is enjoying international success after her painting was transformed into a jigsaw by renowned jigsaw company, Ravensburger.
Helen Condon, who lives and works in Cork city was approached by the game and jigsaw giant to create a painting of an Irish scene.
"Ravensburger had followed by work online for some time and contacted me saying they wanted to launch an Irish series of jigsaws.
"Rather than using one of my existing works, they wanted to commission a new work which would be suitable to turn into a jigsaw," Helen told.
Helen then went about some investigative work and sent back a number of options to Ravensburger, one of which was a photograph of Kinsale Harbour which instantly got the thumbs up.
"Ravensburger really loved the image of Kinsale and thought it would be a good option to be converted into a jigsaw," Helen explained.
"I am the first Irish artist they have worked with and it’s such an honour," Helen continued.
The 1,000 piece puzzle which is now on sale is a vibrant scene, depicting the historic fishing village.
Helen's love of art began after taking a number of classes but as she states was "more of a social thing" until her children grew up and she devoted more time to painting.
Her work focuses on a range of subjects from Cork cityscapes to nature images.
"I'm inspired by what I see in everyday life.
"Cork city features a lot in my work," she says.
Helen, who is self-admittedly "addicted to colour", is fascinated by the impact it has on our mood.
The Cork artists work is lauded by Ravensburger who states:
"Her cheerful, bold and detailed paintings lift the spirits, capturing the beauty and spirit of the Irish countryside."
The semi-professional artist now sells her work on Etsy.
It is understood that Ravensburger is hoping to work with more Irish artists in creating additional jigsaws of Irish imagery.