Watercolour, Oil, Acrylic, Printmaker
APPROACH AND INSPIRATION
My work has its origins in where I am – my surroundings, my garden. It is inspired by the natural world – its beauty, its hospitality, its contrasts, its surprises. Art has the power to make one see things in a new light – to rediscover the beauty of the everyday – a flower, a leaf. I have learnt that what I have not drawn, I have not really seen. I work in close-up realistic mode, magnifying my subject which is characterised by meticulous attention to detail and an intense richness of colour.
I am a graduate of the National College of Art and Design and have been a winner of the prestigious RDS Dr Murial Gahan Scholarship. In October 2011 I received the Dart Award for a work of distinction in The Watercolour Society of Ireland 157th Annual Exhibition. I have had seven successful solo exhibitions and have exhibited widely in many group exhibitions including the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), the Royal Ulster Academy (RUA), Oireachtas, Éigse Carlow Arts Festival, Claremorris Open Exhibition and many others. I am currently a serving director on the board of the Graphic Studio Dublin, Honorary Treasurer of The Water Colour Society of Ireland, a member of the Irish Society of Botanical Artists and Festival Arts Officer for the Dunlavin Festival of Arts exhibition.
EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS
Portland Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, USA 2017. Supported by Culture Ireland.
Invited artist – Dublin Painting and Sketching Club 2016 & 2017
Silver-Gilt Medal for Watercolour, Bloom Floral and Botanical Art Exhibition, Dublin 2016
Plandaí Oidreachta, Heritage Irish Plants, National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 2016
Silver Medal for Etching, Bloom Floral and Botanical Art Exhibition, Dublin 2015
Dart Award for a work of Distinction in The Water Colour Society of Ireland 157th Exhibition,2011
Irish artist selected to participate in The Spring Grasses Cross Cultural Collaboration Project, Kentucky, USA, 2005
AIB Bank, Office of Public Works, Allied Irish Finance, Ulster Bank Ltd., IAWS Plc, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Irish Life, Mater Private Hospital, Irish Bankers Federation, The Botanic Gardens.
Irish Society of Botanical Artists
Graphic Studio Dublin
Watercolour Society of Ireland