I now live in Provence, a place I’ve regularly visited over the last twenty years. It shares with Ireland a strong agrarian culture and ancient history. Vineyards and hilltop villages are everywhere and yet like in Ireland everything is not manicured. Lanes in the countryside are not tarred, large areas of vegetation is left to be. It’s also dryer, cold in winter and hot in summer. The seasons’ rhythms catch my attention.
I hold a Bachelor Degree in Fine Art (BFA).
My work is in collections in France, the USA, Great Britain and Ireland.
How can I make tangible on a paint surface a world that is full of magic and poetry?
My finished pieces do not mirror a subject matter but are a representation of emotions felt in a specific time or place.
Often the fleeting effect of a particular light and colour in nature are held somewhere in my visual memory. At some point, this takes centre stage on the painting I am working on.
It may appear during the process of creation without an obvious connection to the subject matter at hand and yet, it adds another dimension, a particular atmosphere.
These processes are ways and means by which I express my connection to nature in all its richness and variety.
I recently moved from Ireland to France to paint full time and create small oils or acrylics on panel inspired by places I love.
These inform larger landscapes, still lives and abstract works.
Some themes reoccur in my landscape work of Ireland such as land, bogs, gorse and a sense of the magical.