ABOUT THE ARTIST

About The Artist

60-70’s, 80-90’s, 2000 - present day

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 and 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.

Influences and Highlights from the '60s and '70s

  • Being tutored in sculpture by Fred Bush OBE who, through sculpture and drawing taught me how to see and consequently to understand form, shape, line and the power of abstraction.
  • Seeing Elizabeth Fink's Crucifixion at the Main Altar of the Cathedral for the first time and experiencing the kaleidoscope of coloured light that flooded the interior.
  • 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.
  • Being tutored in Portrait painting by Ruskin Spear in Hammersmith Art College, who 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.
  • Living in a lovely flat, where I painted with great enthusiasm.
  • Doing a number of courses in printing in Teacher Centres in London and in a centre in the north of England.
  • Having my paintings viewed by the then, ILEA (Inner London Education Authority) and being selected to join a Group Exhibition in Avignon for two weeks.
  • Being offered a job as an Art Inspector in Ireland
  • The birth of our first son in London.
  • My return to Ireland late 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 incessantly, in all weathers.
  • Exhibiting in a group exhibition in Wexford Art Centre.
  • The birth of our children.

For a number of years In the 80's I designed and painted sets for various plays and Musicals with Avonmore Musical Society. There was little support or opportunity for artists outside Dublin especially for female artists in what was mostly, a male- dominated Dublin based art scene, when I returned home from England. Despite this I did manage to continue with art and my paintings are widespread in Ireland, both North and South, also in the UK, Canada, South America, and France.

Influences and Highlights of the 80's and 90's

  • Being awarded the Irish Life, AIMS cup in 1981, for set design and painting.
  • I was accepted into the Water Colour society of Ireland.
  • 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, Woodenbridge Golf Club.

We have been taking extended trips to the Continent in a camper-van since '05. I have been painting, alone in Monet's garden, in Aix at the base of St. Victoire, at the site of Van Gogh's original bridge. We have found ourselves in remote villages where time appears to have stood still especially in rural France where we saw churches, virtually unchanged from the early years of Christianity. We visited the great Cathedrals of the Camino and criss- crossed the ancient pathways on numerous occasions. Finally we drove through the Pyrenees to visit Compostella.

Influences and Highlights 2,000 to the present day

  • I had three solo art exhibitions one in Wexford during the Opera Festival, another in Arklow, Bridgewater Gallery and a final one in Glastonbury.
  • Being selected to travel to La Rochelle with other Arklow artists to exhibit at the 23rd. Salon Plastique organised by a direct descendant of Pissaro where we were presented with a Medal of Honour.
  • Being involved with the very successful Lion's Club auctions in Mullingar and Letterkenny.
  • Having a painting selected for The Blackrock Hospice, Martin Zefarelli Collection for the Blackrock Hospice Foundation.
  • Adam's Auction rooms in Dawson street accepting my paintings for auction for a number of years.

The drop in the economy in 2007 was an opportunity that allowed me time in art to experiment with different techniques and materials and to explore many ideas.

'The Heart of the Matter' has been my preoccupation for the past three years.

 

 

 

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