I’m from Belfast originally – I studied there at the University of Ulster, graduating with an MA in Fine Art in 1989.
After spells in New York and Dublin I moved to Sligo in 1995: I teach Fine Art at IT Sligo.
I work primarily as a painter and the idea of drawing is also quite central to my practice. I’ve also made a number of projects in public, social and site-specific contexts.
I see my paintings as objects (not images) for contemplation.
As an artist, what are the key challenges that you face on a daily basis?
The main challenge is always to make the time and space to work. I find that he work itself will always happen if that challenge is met (There are always reasons not to work)
The next challenge is to get the work seen – it’s always harder to muster the energy for this part! Being geographically isolated from Dublin makes things more difficult I think.
What inspires you most about the county in which you live?
Sligo is a very beautiful part of Ireland and there is a lot of different types of landscape within the county; beaches, bogs, forests, lakes, mountains, hills and glens. Sligo town has good cultural facilities too, with the Model being the jewel in the crown; it’s an absolutely fantastic resource.
What is your top tip for fellow artists?
Only make the work you really want to make. When I was a young artist I worried about what I felt I should make and I also thought about audience a little too much. If I’m happy with the work I make then chances are there’s an audience somewhere!
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