I was awarded a BA Honours in Fine and Applied Art from the University of Ulster, Belfast, in 2009, and HND Fine Art, NWIFHE, Derry, 2007. I am currently on a Back to Work Enterprise initiative to become a self-employed artist (Oil painting and darkroom photography) and jewellery maker (Fine Silver and fused glass). My work centres on the themes of 'place' and 'time' and often features old buildings and landscapes in a state of decay. The painting 'Dunree Hallway' depicts the interior of a derelict outpost building here at Fort Dunree, and ‘Bird Carcass’ is inspired by a site specific art project I participated in at University. I am exhibiting a combination of oil paintings, paintings on glass, and photograms. A photogram is a photographic image made without a camera by placing objects directly onto the surface of light-sensitive paper and then exposing it to light. I have created a series of these kaleidoscopic like photograms using old Irish Crystal belonging to members of my family. Each print is unique and processed by hand in a traditional darkroom.
‘Emotions’ is the theme running through my work. For me art has been a positive force in my life, at times a form of escapism, a communication through an alternative dialogue, and a safe way for me to express inner emotions in a positive way. I believe that a painting has a life of its own and will evolve and metamorphosise in the creating. It is important to create a painting that you can look at and see something new each time. I believe that most paintings connect with the viewer emotionally as well as visually. Great paintings have the ability to sustain this emotional connection and captivate audiences who will wish to view them many times. The best result for me as an artist is that the viewer sees beyond a painting to have their own emotional response triggered by colour, subject matter, experiences and memories.
I am a Buncrana based artist currently working in acrylics and oils. I am a recent Fine Art Graduate who specialised in painting. I often produce large scale landscape paintings inspired by the theme of heritage and my sense of place. All of my work is influenced by the beauty of our natural surroundings, in the North West of Ireland, and places/events where I feel at home. I would describe my work as being influenced by the Artist Edward Hopper for his realism and sense of intrigue, and by the Artist Paul Kerr for his imagination and technique. My paintings are created using several layers of paint, both transparent and opaque. Light and dark are major elements in my work and are essential to creating a sense of atmosphere and depth.