I am a traditional painter living in the west of Ireland. I grew up on the shores of Galway Bay near Blackrock in Salthill where I began painting at an early age inspired by the natural beauty of my surroundings. The subject matter of my work today is still greatly influenced by the rugged scenic Atlantic coastline and the wild unspoiled landscapes of Connemara and the Burren.
I remember with fondness, my father showing me The Twelve Bens when I was barely knee high. Little did he realise he had given me a wonderful gift; an awareness of nature and an appreciation of its beauty.
I painted whenever possible whilst raising my six children and my love of painting provided me with the necessary peace and time-out so vital in the life of a busy mother. Encouraged by my husband and grown up family I realised my childhood ambition and graduated from GMIT with a BA in Art & Design, specialising in drawing and painting.
In my work, light and the effect of light on water and the landscape is important to me and my fascination with dramatic thundery skies, rough seas and strong contrasts is evident in many of my paintings. I pay a lot of attention to composition and colour in planning my work and make sketches outdoors whenever possible to try to capture the true colour and feel of a place. I work primarily in oils. I use a variety of media for sketch books and drawings and sometimes take photographs which I refer to throughout my work.
The Romantic Period has always influenced me, the music, the poetry and the artists, particularly Friedrich, Constable and Turner. The poet and critic Charles Baudelaire wrote in 1846:
“Romanticism is precisely situated neither in choice of subject nor in exact truth, but in a way of feeling”.
I strive to bring this ‘feeling’ into my work.
Follow my artistic journey on my blog, updated regularly.
I am always happy to accept commissions. Get in touch with me for more information.