I am inspired by colour, movement and texture – and believe that a good dose of humour is very important in certain aspects of my work. I mainly use oils and acrylics on stretched linen or linen board, sometimes using my own handmade paper and various fabrics for texture beneath the paint. Most of my work is done with palette knives and brushes but I also use sponges, my fingers, pieces of cardboard, paper table napkins and scrunched plastic. In fact, whatever is to hand at the moment of need!
As a 'colourist' my paintings are generally of the cheerful variety, usually with layers of colour built up, often allowing the lower layer to show through, giving movement and life to the painting.
I prefer art to be a representation of my subject – using more imagination and freedom of colour and movement to bring it to life, than realism and perfection.
Once the painting is finished it's important for me to be impelled to look at it again and again and to feel the excitement of pleasure in what has been created – otherwise I paint over it again!
I have exhibited extensively in South Africa, Namibia, Tanzania and Ireland.
My work has sold in South Africa, Namibia, Tanzania, Ireland, UK, the States, Canada, Dominican Republic, France and Spain.
Accepted and represented at Digital Show for the Liverpool Biennial – Independents 2006
Digital art sold from www.artocracy.com
Refocus Now stock catalogue (UK), 2005 Spring edition
Bold Art Gallery, Galway
Cong Art Gallery, Co. Mayo
Lahinch Gallery, Co. Clare
Lavelle Art Gallery, Clifden
Christies of London
Adams Fine Art Auctioneers, Dublin
Morgan O’Driscoll, Skibbereen, Co Cork
Professional Member :
Visual Artists Ireland
AWAI – American Writers and Artists Inc.
Founder and Organiser:
2005 Art in the West exhibition in Galway
Collections of my work :
Mr L Murrin, Dawn Foods, Naas, Dublin, Ireland
Mr A Boyd, Arizona, USA
Ms S J Lynch, Galway, Ireland
Mrs Nancy McAllister, Guntersville, Alabama, USA
Mr N McLoughlin, Ross Communications, Dublin
South Africa : Mr D Bose (3), Mrs B de Villiers (2)
United Kingdom : Mr A Firth (1)
On Design Team for:
Dezign Inc., Harare, Zimbabwe (producers of T-shirts, aprons, paper items, mugs, etc)
Logo Design for :
Art in the West exhibition in Galway
Michaelis Art School, Cape Town, South Africa
Art Space, Galway
Arts Profile Writer for “Galway Now”, “Cork Now” and "Limerick Now"
Magazines (since Jan 2005)
Two issues “Moving In” interior decorating magazine, Dublin
“Living It” magazine, Dublin – regular contributor
“Boots ‘n All” internet travel magazine
Various travel publications and internet magazines
“The eArt Directory” launched at 2005 Art in the West Exhibition.
“How to Make Handmade Paper”, published August 2005
Curator and Contributor :
“Art in the West 2005” catalogue
Abruzzo, Italy – art course for Point 101
My work is featured on many group and guest websites for both art and writing
March 2006 – TV1 and Radio1 Barcelona during Exhibition at Sala Barna, Barcelona
Born in Durban, South Africa in June 1954.
Lived in various parts of South Africa until 2001, including the Drakensberg Mountains, Durban and Pietermartizburg in Kwa-Zulu Natal, Pretoria, Greyton and Cape Town.
Travelled extensively within Southern Africa including Swaziland, Lesotho, Namibia, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe.
Have visited Australia, New Zealand and various countries in Europe.
Emigrated to Ireland in 2001