I am a Dublin born artist who now lives and works on Achill Island, off the Mayo coast. I have been painting fulltime since 2006 and would consider myself primarily a landscape painter. My work has been exhibited and collected in London, New York and Australia, as well having numerous solo exhibitions Ireland. My main gallery representation in Ireland is with the Doorway Gallery in Dublin and I show my work through six other galleries along the west coast.
I exhibit annually at the Art Source art fair in the RDS, Dublin, where an average of 15,000 art enthusiasts and collectors visit each year.
My paintings are inspired by the untamed landscapes and coastline of Ireland’s wild atlantic way. I try to capture that feeling of being right in the landscape or at the edge of a cliff looking at the atlantic waves crash onto the rocky shore. Since moving to Achill with my famly in 2012 my paintings have continued to evolve and now include more figurative work, sometimes based on, but always inspired by my own family. My figures are inspired by the drawings my own children make. The simplicity and minimalism of a 4 year old’s way of drawing seems to work well with my landscapes!
I work with oil on canvas, using a single palette knife and brush to create semi-abstract, colour filled paintings. I am a studio based painter, preferring to work from sketches and photographs rather than battling the elements outdoors.
My most recent project had seen my work exhibited and displayed on Broadway, New York, as part of the new Irish dance and music production, Fáinne Óir, written by Kathy Fahey.
I produce a range of art cards and prints which are distributed through a number of prestigious outlets in Ireland, incuding House of Ireland and Carraig Donn.
As an artist, what are the key challenges that you face on a daily basis?
Managing multiple commitments is always a challenge. I work with seven galleries and about 30 wholesale outlets for my prints and cards.
Managing the gallery commitments requires careful forward planning to ensure that the necessary materials are in the studio at all times. It also requires planning enough time to allow space for creative thought.
There are times I may have multiple gallery commitments to meet, as well as separate commissions when a wholesale order comes in for prints and cards that must be processed and shipped. I try to manage this by having a good system in place to pack and an ship any order within 24 hours. This means holding a certain level of stock at all times. This then requires regular monitoring of stock levels.
What inspires you most about the county in which you live?
I have been living in Mayo for the past eight years. The landscape and coastline provide an endless source of inspiration for me.
What is your top tip for fellow artists?
Focus on creating or looking for opportunities for people to see your work. If the work connects with the public then the rest will follow.
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