I work in oils, painting mostly landscapes, reflecting the ever strong pull I have to be outdoors. I couldn’t be more contented than when exploring new places, stemming back to my childhood spent on many happy family walks, rock pool fishing, skimming stones and collecting things. Through my paintings, I try to capture the sense of a place visited, enjoyed and experienced. They are windows into personal memories, layered with textures and colours, that absorb the atmosphere of a place and bring that home, capturing texture, colours, weather and the elements. They are about returning to places to know them, their familiarity becoming a comfort. Exploring and enveloping new spaces, making place memories, to capture the connection in paint.
My background is in Graphic Design, I hold a Diploma with Distinction and an Honours Degree from IADT. On graduating, I established my own Graphic Design business, colouringbox, which for the last twenty years has brought me along a creative, however, very disciplined path.
I had long felt there was something much more to explore, and believe I have found that creative avenue through painting.
2019 Return Journey Solo Show, Schoolhouse for Art Enniskerry
2017 – My first exhibition ‘A Year of Painting’ in 2017, was exactly that, twelve months spent learning, experimenting, painting and smiling. Thirty six paintings of places travelled to in that time, from The Outer Hebrides in Scotland, to Cork, Wexford and my home county of Wicklow.
I was awarded a two week residency at Cill Rialaig in Ballinskelligs, Kerry in November 2017, a thoroughly incredible experience.