“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