I am an innovative, creative artist who works with a wide variety of mediums, currently more so in up/re-cycled metal materials making unique / bespoke individual metal art from various scrap metals from old discarded broken garden tools, and other ‘found’ treasures to catering tin cans. I hand weave metal rods and re-enforcing bars (sometimes forging these) to make tree trunks that branch out with flowers and leaves and cones circa 2 meters tall. Mega flowers circa 1 meter in diameter to many meter long vines to broaches circa 2 cms in diameter.
The vines or Welcome/Friendship Rings look lovely with outdoor lighting wrapped around them, possible at the front door area or dark garden wall, especially in winter. The Welcome/Friendship rings range from Christmas to every day decoration, they are also suitable from weddings to graves, a long lasting, maintenance free, remembrance. I have also made giant kites, flocks of birds, giant hanging baskets.
As each piece is hand made it has its own characteristics, the metals never twist the same, they’re all hand painted as I prefer to mix the paints whilst painting, so each piece is always different with its own personality.
I have exhibited throughout Ireland including in Bloom, Botanic Gardens, Galway International Arts Festival, Blarney Castle, Ring of Beara (Mill Grove Gallery). My artwork has travelled to Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, USA and Europe.
Commissions include ‘The Jesse Tree’,St. Flannan’s Cathedral, Killaloe, Co. Clare. Various pieces for schools, private gardens and for several ‘Tidy Towns’ amongst others patrons.
My metal art is suitable for outdoors, as well as indoors, giving all year round interest and colour.
As an artist, what are the key challenges that you face on a daily basis?
Space, I work from home, in my shed, which occasionally overflows into a room in my house. 6 meter long metal rods are fun to fit into my work space to shape. Finding scrap that inspires a thought and becomes a piece. Transportation at times.
What inspires you most about the county in which you live?
I live in a wonderful, very beautiful place by Lough Derg surrounded by hills, inspiration is all around. It’s food for the soul.
What is your top tip for fellow artists?
Keep going. It’s not always easy, for me it’s something I just have to do. I don’t want to look back with regrets at not trying. Would you regret not trying? There’s luck too, I think sometimes it’s being at the right place at the right time, an accidental meeting, that gives you a chance, a start to build from. Go for it!
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