Painting and drawing have always been part of my life. For many years I did it just for enjoyment, because I loved it. As time went on I became more eager to improve my work, to learn more about art, the great masters, their techniques, their materials. And so I went to art college. I studied in GMIT and graduated in 2013. In many ways it was the ideal time for me to go to college, to be able to combine years of practical experience with a formal degree programme. I loved every minute of it.
Drawing was my first love. I spent hours and hours drawing as a child. However, I did very little drawing when I started painting in my teens. In my first year in college drawing was very much to the forefront. This led me to study the drawing techniques of the old masters, in particular the silverpoint drawings of Leonard daVinci and Albrecht Dürer. I was fascinated by this technique. I did lots of research and loads of practice and finally mastered the art of silverpoint. I am honoured to be the only Irish member of The Society of Metalpoint Artists.
I enjoy sharing my skills and experience with groups who attend my classes and workshops. Over the years I've learned a lot through trial and error and research. It's an ongoing journey and I love sharing ideas and techniques with my students. Many of my students are seniors who just love to paint. Under my guidance they can do just that using the knowledge I've acquired over time.
I teach Classes in Oil Painting
Hands-on Workshops in Wet-on-Wet oil painting techniques.
Workshops in using Acrylic Paints, Gels and Mediums
In 2014, I was chosen by the US based Golden Artist Colours Inc. to train as a Certified Artist Educator in acrylics. I was one of a small number of artists chosen from Europe, Canada and USA. The intensive training programme has enriched the workshops and classes I teach with a broad variety of techniques and product knowledge.
2016 ‘Sea Fever’ Marine Art Ireland Group Exhibition, The Russell Gallery, New Quay, Co Clare.
2016 ‘Galway 1916 Exhibition’ 3 Paintings commissioned for this exhibition in Connacht Tribune Print Works, Market Street, Galway.
2015 ‘Throw Us A Line’ Group Exhibition, Kinvara, Co Galway.
2015 ‘I will Arise and Go Now’ KAVA’ Group Exhibition in Gort Public Library, Co Galway.
2014 ‘Winter Collection’ Group Exhibition in The Russell Gallery, New Quay, Co Clare.
2014 ‘All Aboard’ Kinvara Area Visual Artists Group Exhibition, Kinvara, Co Galway.
2014 Ross Fine Art Open Exhibition, Letterkenny, Co Donegal.
2013 GMIT Graduate Degree Show
2012 ‘The Burren in Bloom’ Group Exhibition in The Russell Gallery, New Quay, Co Clare.
2011 ‘Riding High’ Group Exhibition in The Painter’s Palette Gallery, Moycullen, Co Galway.
Corporate Commissions and Sales
2011 Coillte North Western Region. Painting of ‘Mullaghmore, The Burren Co Clare’
commissioned for presentation to a senior officer on his retirement.
2007 Teagasc, Athenry Co Galway. Painting purchased for presentation to a senior officer on his retirement.
My work has been acquired by many clients particularly in UK, USA and throughout Ireland.