ABOUT THE ARTIST

About The Artist

My early student days were spent in Liverpool during the second half of the sixties at Notre Dame College of Education. Liverpool in the '60s was a heady place to be. Merseyside had taken over the pop charts, Beatle Mania was in full swing! Across the road from the College, was the huge building site of The Metropolitan Cathedral with its circular, - ground breaking design.

Highlights from the '60s

  • Being tutored in sculpture by Fred Bush OBE who founded The Scottish Sculpture Society

  • Sharing a skyline view, high up in the art rooms from the top floor of the College with the development of the cathedral to its opening in 1967

  • First experiencing the kaleidoscope of coloured light that flooded the interior of the new Cathedral through its magnificent stained-glass windows

  • Visiting back stage, a number of West End Theatres as part of my LGSM Drama course

  • Working for the Summer of ‘66 at The Banff Spring's Hotel in Canada and travelling West on a greyhound train

  • Graduating in 1967 with a Distinction in Art

  • Having my final exhibition on the theme of, 'Crucifixion' selected by the then, Cockfoster's Touring Exhibition in the UK

Comment

I returned to Ireland, to teach Art and Drama in St. Mary's College, Arklow. In ‘71 I returned, now married to Walter, to London as Head of The Art Department in a Grammar and Comprehensive school.

Highlights of the '70s

  • Portrait painting under Ruskin Spear in Hammersmith Art College, who had trained under, Sir Walter Sickert

  • Being awarded an LGSM in Speech and Drama (The Guildhall School of Music)

  • Achieving a BA degree in Art and Architecture (Classical, Renaissance and Modern) from London University

  • Doing a number of courses in printing in various Teacher Centres

  • Having my then current paintings viewed by the then, ILEA (Inner London Education Authority) and being selected to join a Group Exhibition in Avignon

  • Being offered a job as an Art Inspector in Ireland in 1975 and turning it down as it involved being away from home overnight.

  • The birth of our first child in London

  • Our return to Ireland in 1975 to teach again, in St. Mary's College, girl's school in Arklow.

  • Living in Castletown in a house on the beach and painting and sketching Tara Hill in all weathers.

  • Exhibiting in a group exhibition in Wexford art Centre

  • The birth of our daughter and another son

Comment

There wasn't support or acknowledgement for female artists in what was mostly a male- dominated Dublin- based art scene when I returned home from England and I found it an almost impossible struggle to stay involved in art. But despite this, my paintings are widespread in Ireland, both North and South, in the UK, Canada, South America, and France.

Highlights

  • Painting and designing sets for numerous plays and musicals and being awarded the Irish Life, All Ireland, AIMS cup in 1981, for set design and painting

  • Having a solo exhibition in the Art Gallery of, The Vale View Hotel, opened by Gemma Hussey, who turned up, despite threatening snow, the night after being appointed Ireland's first female Minister for Education

  • I was accepted into the Water Colour society of Ireland and have exhibited annually as a member ever since

  • Having a watercolour accepted for the Water Colours Society, Permanent Collection in, UL

  • Many commissions for corporate and private clients:

The Rehabilitation Centre in Roslyn Park. The Bank of Ireland, Euroconics Ireland,

The Eastern Health Board, etc.

Comment 2000/present day

I have visited many of the great museums, and art galleries around the world and cathedrals associated with the Camino due to extended trips to the continent to, Italy, Spain, France, Portugal and Germany. In France in particular, we have been to remote villages where it seemed as if time had stood still, where we saw churches, virtually unchanged from the earliest years of Christianity still showing extensive murals, in villages with ancient farm buildings from Medieval times.

Highlights

  • Solo art exhibitions in, Wexford, Arklow, Glastonbury and in The Courthouse Art centre in Tinahely in 2018

  • Exhibiting with the Watercolour Society of Ireland each year since I was elected a member in 1981

  • Participating in group exhibitions around Ireland, too numerous to mention.

  • Travelling to La Rochelle, with other Arklow Artists, to exhibit at the 23rd. Salon Plastique where we were presented with a Medal D'honneur.

  • Having a painting selected for The Blackrock Hospice, Martin Zeffirelli Collection for the Blackrock Hospice Foundation

  • Adam's auction rooms in Dawson street accepting my paintings for a number of years.

  • Participating in, The Lion’s Club Art Auctions in Mullingar and Letterkenny

  • Having seven Grandchildren between 2007 to 2015

In 2015 I started to work on an Exhibition exploring Climate Change. The resulting series of 15 panels has preoccupied me ever since and in my small way, I hope to add to the work of others who help foster an atmosphere of care and responsibility.

It has taken, surviving cancer, having Grandchildren, advancing years and a trip to The Holy Land, reverberating with threat and violence, to prompt me to view the world in sharper focus. Like many, I feel a responsibility to my grandchildren and to the children of the world as the damage being done to Planet Earth on land and sea resulting from climate change, the widespread dislocation and suffering of our fellow human beings through globalisation, greed power, political corruption and the absence of the feminine voice in world affairs. Thankfully awareness is happening but it needs to accelerate dramatically and translate into action on every possible front.

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