From the Dales to the Mountains | Ada McCune at Signal Arts Centre, Bray


From the Dales to the Mountains | Ada McCune at Signal Arts Centre, Bray Date/Time
Date(s) - 15/10/2018 - 28/10/2018
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Signal Arts Centre





“I was born in 1937 in a small mining village called Moorends near the Yorkshire moors.

I have always been interested in drawing & painting, and on countryside walks with my Grandfather, I developed a deep love of nature and landscape. I have a vivid memory of seeing my first kingfisher while walking along a stream in the Dales – that flash of turquoise has stayed with me 80 years.

When I moved to Dublin in 1961, the landscape of the Dublin and Wicklow mountains reminded me of Yorkshire. Having 4 children and all that entails, my painting was put on hold until the seventies.

During family holidays to the west of Ireland, I spent time observing and sketching the beautiful landscape. I still go back to these dog-eared sketch-books from time to time. These drawings transport me back to a place and time – evoking memories. What is important to me in the landscape is light and form. On any given day in Connemara, the light can change a thousand times. I wish to describe the light as it bathes the landscape. Mist fascinates me – how it can soften and erase the harsh lines of a rugged landscape. I try to capture a landscape in north-west Donegal as the mist comes in from the sea.

Recently I returned to Yorkshire for a holiday. I was struck by how similar the Yorkshire landscape is to parts of Ireland. Memories of my childhood are in the work.

These days I paint in my small studio in Malahide for a few hours every day. I feel it’s essential for me to have a creative life.” – Ada McCune, 2018


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