I am now 66 years of age and had my first exhibition in 1976 at the Tom Caldwell Gallery, Dublin. I moved to New York in 1982 and worked and exhibited there until 1986 when I moved to Los Angeles. I exhibited there and in Chicago. I returned to Ireland in 1993 via India and Indonesia and settled in Wicklow. I found that my absence had put me outside the artistic milieu that had developed in the meantime and while I had some gallery exhibitions I had most success by mounting my own shows (Russborough House twice and Christ Church Cathedral). I draw my inspiration nowadays mainly from wandering in the wonderful Wicklow mountains and forests. I am deeply disillusioned by the state of contemporary art and the cynical careerism involved. However I am still compelled to paint every day (an obsessive illness!)
As an artist, what are the key challenges that you face on a daily basis?
Luckily I am pensionable and have an Airbnb which brings me in contact with interesting people. I have a lot of work to exhibit but have not put much effort into establishing new art world relationships. My bad!!
What inspires you most about the county in which you live?
Everything above 800 feet; the trees, lakes, mountains. I walk every day for inspiration and every day is different, light rain, mist, clouds. What more could you desire….art is a simple reaction to the environment and I am fortunate to have one of the very best. I am open to talks with Wicklow County to help promote a very special place.
What is your top tip for fellow artists?
Keep plodding on. Just do it. Personally I find it useful to work on several pieces at the same time to stop me getting precious about the work. Do some every day.
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