BIOGRAPHY AND ARTISTS STATEMENT

   

I was born in Galbally, Co.Wexford, Ireland in 1974, graduated from Limerick School of Art and Design in 1996 with a BA (hons) in Fine Art Painting.

I moved to London in 1999 and spent 16 years there before returning to live in Wexford in 2015. I now live in Oulart where I have a studio/gallery space beside my home.

Since my return to Ireland I am 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.                                                                                                              

 

ARTISTS STATEMENT                                                                                                                

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.