A bit about me, my past and present and my work

   

I was born in Co.Wexford, Ireland in 1974 and grew up a mile outside the village of Galbally where I spent my childhood exploring the fields and forests, climbing hills and trees and picking everything from strawberries to potatoes.

The only things I loved more than spending time outdoors were drawing, painting and writing. When I was 16 a friend gave me four tubes of oil paint and after that I was hooked on oil painting.

When I finished my leaving cert I moved to Cork to do a PLC course in Art and then went to Limerick School of Art and Design where I received a first class honours degree in Fine Art Painting in 1996.

I moved to London in 1999 and spent 16 years there working part time in non art related areas while still pursuing my painting. I had several successful exhibitions there while also securing representation by two galleries. 

 After the birth of my daughter in 2013 I decided to return home and in 2015 I moved into The Paintbox in Oulart, Co.Wexford where I now live. I am lucky enough to have a studio space beside my home in the beautiful Irish countryside where I happily spend my days painting. 

Since my return I have been fortunate to have exhibited my work in several venues across the country and in 2015 I had the honour of being selected as a finalist in The Screaming Pope Prize at KFest Music and The Arts Festival, Killorglin, Co.Kerry

I have had solo and group exhibitions in America, London and Ireland and my work is in  private collections across the world.                                                                                                              

 

 Where Does The Inspiration Come From?                                                                                                                 

My landscapes are inspired by the beauty, ruggedness and magical quality of the Irish countryside. While growing up I was always fascinated by Irish legends, myths and folklore and I often have these stories in my mind when I am painting my landscapes. I never made a conscious decision to paint the Irish landscape but I built up such a collection of sketches and photographs during my visits home while living in London that it just kind of happened gradually and naturally.

My abstracts are influenced by my surroundings and the things I encounter every day;nature, books, buildings, songs, people, etc., In my work I like to mix reality with memories and imagination and paint my own interpretation of it. I exaggerate colour, apply layer upon layer of paint, then work back into the surface with cloths, rollers, scrapers, plastic knives and twigs as well as pallet knives and brushes to create heavily textured scenes. I am constantly experimenting with texture and colour in an effort to make my work more interesting and exciting to create and view.