Based in my studio gallery in Loughtea on the outskirts of the heritage towns of Ballina/Killaloe in Co. Tipperary, my art practice focusses mainly on nature, specifically botanicals. Interpreting the symbolism of flowers, their fragility and their inherent transience informs my work to date. Glass inks, oils and acrylics are my choice of medium giving scope to capturing the essence, expression and vitality of the blooms.
From time to time I change subject matter and paint mackerel or musical instruments which give me great pleasure in equal measure. I listen to classical music while I paint to enhance the creative flow.
As an artist, what are the key challenges that you face on a daily basis?
There are days when the ‘creative flow’ eludes me. However, one of my tutors imparted some great advice saying that ‘work makes work’. So when I hit a wall, I do admin or tidy the studio or doodle until the flow returns.
Applying for grants and keeping up to date with what is happening in the art world on a local, national and international level can be daunting. I try to stay in touch with fellow artists as the solitary nature of life of an artist can be isolating.
Keeping the faith in one owns work can be challenging. When my confidence dips I look back at prior achievements to regain morale.
What inspires you most about the county in which you live?
I have the great fortune of living in a little piece of heaven overlooking Lough Derg. The scenery changes by the minute and each day, let alone each season, brings a new perspective, new colour and new light to my surroundings. The aspect of my studio gallery faces due west, so the sunsets are simply breathtaking. A rural setting allows for peace and quiet with birdsong the only interruption.
What is your top tip for fellow artists?
I follow artists on Instagram each day. I believe that looking at other artists’ work is inspiring and gives me the nod to keep doing what I’m doing.
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