Making art is an integral part of who I am, it allows me to achieve a sense of belonging in the world. Painting is a way for me to investigate and resolve my place in areas of the time and space of which I occupy. I see my paintings as a collection of pages from the visual diary of my thoughts, feelings and inspirations. I paint textured abstract landscapes, drawing inspiration from my surrounding environment of forestry’s, mountains and nature in general.
I am sometimes drawn to areas within the landscape that give a sense of fragility, which can often reflect and recall the fragility within humanity itself. In nature I look at the contrast between living and fallen trees, the distant thinning treeline silhouettes and the gaps between where only treestumps sometimes remain. Being out in the landscape often evokes a wonder that drifts between the relevance of humanity and the purpose of existence, something I often become preoccupied by. I often isolate myself in nature as it can open a ‘series of dialogue’ between nature and I, which can recall a sense of bond between humanity and nature itself. When I am in my studio this ‘dialogue’ can emerge when I paint as I tie them with my inspirations into my painting, where the narrative emerges.
I have adapted cold wax technique into my recent paintings to achieve a thick heavy impasto effect on the surface by multiplying layers of oil paint mixed with cold wax in various consistencies. I also paint in thin layers of glaze or matt washes to achieve transparencies of colour, creating a sense of depth and space in the work. There are lots of layers worked up on the surface, scraping some off and rework them again until I have reached a place of recognition. Often when I am out exploring I photograph subjects that would take my interest and I look at colour, texture and composition. I love how the light and colour changes in different weather conditions. When it rains for example, the moisture enhances the vibrancy of colour and there is a wonderful scent in the air from the pine trees and the soft forest bed of fallen pine needles over time. On occasion I pick up pieces of pine needles, dead dried out leaves and small bits of twigs where I incorporate them into my paintings back in the studio. This makes them become like collected and archived souvenirs, living once again and forever in my art.
Education 2011: Higher Professional Diploma in Photography, Limerick College of Further Education, Mulgrave St. Limerick. FETAC Level 6 and City and Guilds. 2006 – 2007: Certificate in the History of Art and Design, University of Limerick Plassey, Castletroy, Limerick. 1993 – 1996: Diploma in Fine Art Painting, Limerick School of Art and Design, Clare St. Limerick. 1992 – 1993: Certificate in Art and Design, Limerick Senior College, Mulgrave St. Limerick.
Solo Shows 2018 – June: ‘Into the Dream’, Ranalagh Arts Centre, Ranelagh Arts Centre, 26 Ranelagh, Dublin 2017 – March: ‘Solace’, Signal Arts Centre, 1 Albert Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow. 2009 – August: Selection of work from 07, 08, 09, Frame Gallery, Upper Denmark St. Limerick. 2007 – November: ‘Urban Trail’, Frame Gallery, Upper Denmark St. Limerick. 1998 – July: ‘Plane Series’, Windmill Studios, Windmill Lane, Dublin.
Group Shows 2020 Upcoming (date TBA) Eva Gore Booth, Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI), UCD Naughton Joyce Centre, 86 St. Stephen’s Green South, Dublin 2. 2019 Ranelagh Arts Members Exhibition, The Gallery, Frame Experts, Dublin, IRL Incognito, Solomon Fine Art Gallery, Balfe St. Dublin 2. Wicklow Artists: A Gathering, (In aid of Wicklow Children of Yemen), Popup Gallery La Touche Place, Greystones, Co. Wicklow. 2018 Wicklow Artists: A Gathering, (In aid of Wicklow dementia), Popup Gallery La Touche Place, Greystones, Co. Wicklow. 2016 ‘16th Annual SAS Members Exhibition’, Signal Arts Centre, 1 Albert Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow. 2015 ‘Signal Open’, Signal Arts Centre, 1 Albert Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow. 2008 Christmas Show, Gallery 75, 65 O’Connell Avenue, Limerick. Gallery 75, 65 O’Connell Avenue, Limerick. ‘Celebrating Motherhood’, Gallery 75, 65 O’Connell Avenue, Limerick. 2007 Christmas Show, Gallery 75, 65 O’Connell Avenue, Limerick. ‘Eclectic’, Tipperary Institute, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Gallery 75, 65 O’Connell Avenue, Limerick. 2006 Frame, Upper Denmark St. Limerick. The Millar Gallery, (Formerly), Sixmilebridge, Co.Clare. Arts and Crafts show Quin Hall, Quin, Co Clare. 2005 ‘Light Captured’, Gallery 75, 75 O’Connell Avenue, Limerick. 1997 Public Space 1, Ulster Bank, O’Connell Avenue, Limerick. Public Space 2, Bank of Ireland, O’Connell Avenue, Limerick.
Residency Cill Riallaig Artist residency, Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry, 2007 Membership Wicklow Artist A Gathering, Visual Artists Ireland (VAI), Ranelagh Arts, Ranelagh, Dublin.