Glorious summer sunshine today in Dalkey and I am inspired to get painting, but first I want to introduce myself to you. I live and work near the sea in South Dublin, I love to visit the west coast of France and all parts of Ireland so it is mostly these landscapes which inspire my work.
When I start painting or drawing on any given day I don't have a set idea of what the painting will turn out like, If I have a specific location in mind then I do research and take photos, make some drawings, and then just see what comes onto the page. The drawings usually evolve over time and again are very instinctive, they either work or they don't. If something doesn't work then it doesn't survive long...... it gets put in the bold corner to be painted over at a later date!!
For as long as I can remember I wanted to paint and to draw..... as a kid I was always making stuff and experimenting with bits and peices of whatever was to hand. My mum was always doing crafts in the garage which she sold at markets; christmas logs, wreaths, dried flower arrangements ....and we got to help, so I suppose its in my bones!
Then I grew up, worked, travelled, had three lovely kids, had lots of fun, enjoyed life...... and started to paint and make again with the children.
I managed (eventually) to go to college and I got a Visual Arts Practice degree from IADT Dun Laoghiare...challenging, interesting, great fun... me and all the 20 year olds!
I had a solo exhibition in 2006 when I graduated - what a fantastic buzz, sold almost everything. I have been involved with the Dun Laoghaire Art Gallery over the past 4 years and had my second solo exhibition there in December 2016 - again a fantastic response and loads of sales!!
So thats me, I hope you enjoy my work, please respond to the blog if you feel like it and you can also follow Dalkey Art Studio on FB and TW.
Currently my work is on show in the beautiful Greenacres Art Gallery in Wexford where you will also find a fab wine shop, deli and Restaurant. I can also be found at the new Gallery in Dalkey upstairs in the Grapevine wine bar on Castle Street.