I am a Visual Artist from Naas, Co. Kildare. My practice is spontaneous and meditative. I strive to capture essence, movement and energy through Ink and Brush Painting techniques. Nature and sense of place have always been at the heart of my work. My background is in architecture and conservation.
I have been paintingfull time since 2002.
Solo ehibitions include Athy Community Arts Centre , Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery, Co. Clare, Hunt Museum Restaurant, Limerick City, Trinity College Dublin, Council Chambers, Kildare County Council Offices, and the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, Dublin.
As an artist, what are the key challenges that you face on a daily basis?
I manage to sustain my practice through a number of ways;
Both participating in and giving different workshops and trying new techniques all keep the spirit of fresh creativity alive for me.
Attending VAI GetTogethers and other arts focused happenings keeps me connected with the wider art world.
I solved the daily challenge of working as a solo artist by locating my studio in a mixed use workplace with a great community spirit.
Importantly artists residencies such as the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig offer deep support.
What inspires you most about Kildare?
Kildare offers a rich combination of town and country. Each town has a distinct personality.
The countryside varies from farmland, woodland, with wide open spaces of the Bog of Allen and the Curragh to the secluded unique quality of places like Pollardstown Fen. Both the built and natural envionments have tremendous heritage.
The horse has a strong afftinity with county. Horses in full gallop were first ‘off the brush’ when I began painting – evoked perhaps by a sense of freedom experienced as a child when all schools, businesses, banks and offices closed to allow all attend the Punchestown Races.
There are excellent community groups, arts facilities and galleries both public and private – such as the Tuckmill Gallery in Naas – that are so supportive of artists.
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