I love spending time outdoors in the natural beauty of Connemara ever since I was a child growing up in Roundstone village – an artists paradise.
It was a privilege to paint in the Studio of Scottish artist Douglas Anderson, Royal Painter, for 4 years – total immersion in the Old Master techniques in drawing and oil painting – skills and knowledge that had been passed on to Douglas in Florence by the Italian artist Pietro Annigoni, who in turn was taught by the Russian artist, Nikolai Lokoff.
My recent paintings convey a sense of history.
For the 100th anniversary of the first transatlantic flight by Alcock & Browne, an Exhibition of Paintings “Homage” was held at the Clifden Library June- August, 2019.
I have been inspired and influenced by artists who painted in Connemara and the west of Ireland in particular- such as Jack B. Yeats, Paul Henry, Charles Lamb, Maurice MacGonigal, Gerard Dillon, also contemporary artists Douglas Anderson RP and Kenneth Webb.
I’m a member of the Society for All Artists and the South Boston Arts Association.
As an artist, what are the key challenges that you face on a daily basis?
As an artist, I find the best way to work is to have everything ready from the day before – paints, brushes, easel, canvas etc- all ready to go so I can get out and paint straight away. This eliminates the challenge of procrastination!
A quote from Yeats I think it was….. “the art of inspiration is drawing the chair up to the desk ”
What inspires you most about the county in which you live?
Land & sea
Not necessarily in that order….
What is your top tip for fellow artists?
As in life, just keep going.
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