Originally from Ireland, I traveled extensively for 15 years before returning to live in Cork in 2008, when I abandoned conceptual art to focus on painting full time. Although abstract in form, my paintings are landscapes – they capture the essence and emotional significance of a place and / or time. While my influences are broad, my work is largely concerned with the natural world and our place in it.
My Work & Inspiration
I take my inspiration on the land – literally – walking the land and observing nature.
Since moving back to Ireland, I have been fortunate to have been selected for a number of artists residencies. The solitary nature of these retreats has helped me to appreciate the landscape but also to nurture my own painting style.
I work in series and enjoy experimenting with mixed media. My most recent work, The Big Sky, was made while on fellowship at The Ballinglen Artists Foundation in Co. Mayo. I have previously made bodies of work in the Kerry Gaeltacht (‘Ballads to the Bog’), the Mayo Lakes (‘Tight Lines’) and throughout the country – in ‘Land of Plenty’. I have also created bodies of work in Southern Italy and Mexico. My ‘Mexican Odyssey’ , a body of work made while camping in the Baja Desert, toured Ireland in 2011.
In 2016, I began exhibiting my work online – releasing painting collections exclusively to my mailing list. This innovative way of working has afforded me more time to paint and to develop my work while maintaining a wholesome relationship with those who support my work.
I enjoy hosting painting workshops and helping others tap into their creativity. As a self-taught painter, I don’t profess to having taught anyone else to paint – I believe it is something you learn by doing. That said, I have enjoyed tremendous times helping others to realise their own creativity and I think the results speak for themselves. I release dates for these events directly to my mailing list (see sign up below).