Born in Dublin, Brendan showed a flair for the visual arts from a very early age. No blank surface was safe from Brendan’s endeavours, and when the family stripped wallpaper for redecorating they would inevitably find some of Brendan’s doodlings on the plaster beneath, revealed like some long lost fresco.
Inspired by his Evening Herald comic strip favourites like “Little Sport” and “Mutt and Jeff”, he developed a talent as a cartoonist. Ever the entrepreneur, Brendan developed a lucrative sideline while at school in doing caricatures for classmates. He also submitted cartoon ideas to magazines like Melody Maker and New Musical Express and was delighted when some were published.
His real passion has always been for painting and drawing and in recent years he has concentrated on these areas. Although largely self-taught he began to attend classes in recent years to improve his technique.
As an artist, what are the key challenges that you face on a daily basis?
Finding enough time to paint and sell paintings.
What inspires you most about Kildare?
I am inspired by the slower pace of life compared to living in Dublin city.
What is your top tip for fellow artists?
Never give up. Keep trying. Know when to stop.
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