Artist Statement

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The role of drawing is fundamental to my work. These drawings of crows and animals are sometimes prefaces to paintings, and sometimes a relaxation from them. They are works in their own right.

They are witnesses to the changes in the landscape of Teeromoyle in South West Kerry – my mother’s place.

My mother died quite young but I was reared on her stories about her childhood in the mountains, so family and a sense of place haunts my work. My mother’s past is my past. Her parent’s house is long gone but the field where the house was remains unchanged and I have painted this field many times.

Painting the field sometimes makes me feel snug, warm and sheltered and other times exposed, vulnerable and turbulent. I remove layers of earth while adding layers of paint

This is my subject matter, not the meaning of my paintings

Art Curriculum Vitae

Painting/Drawing

Solo Exhibitions

  • Origin Gallery Dublin, May 2015
  • United Arts Club Dublin, September 2014
  • Draiocht Arts Centre Dublin, May-July 2014
  • Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, June 2013
  • Origin Gallery Dublin, March 2012
  • Dungarvan Arts Centre Co Waterford, February 2012
  • United Arts Club Dublin, April 2011
  • Henry Gilmore Gallery Belfast, November 2010
  • Blue Leaf Gallery Dublin, September 2010
  • United Arts Club Dublin, April 2009
  • Blue Leaf Gallery Dublin, April 2008
  • Cill Rialaig Art Centre, April 2007
  • Blue Leaf Gallery Dublin, May 2005
  • Blue Leaf Gallery Dublin, September 2002

Joint Exhibitions

  • Russell Gallery Burren, August 2016
  • Exhibition of Drawings together with Printmaker Renate Braun at The United Arts Club, September 2006
  • United Arts Club – 4 Women Show, March 2007
  • “Three Women” Show United Arts Club, 2002

Group Exhibitions - Painting

  • Blue Leaf Gallery, 2001 - 2011
  • United Arts Club, 2001 - 2016
  • Selected Annual Exhibition Greenlane Gallery Dingle, 2005 - 2016
  • Selected Group Exhibition on White Tailed Eagle – Muckross Gallery Killarney, 2008
  • Group Summer Show Backstage Theatre Longford, 2002
  • Group Show Bank of Ireland Arts Centre, 2002
  • Oireachtas Annual Exhibition, 2002 - Open Submission
  • Eigse Carlow, 2003 – Open Submission

Sculpture/Painting

Selected Annual Group Exhibitions

  • Invited Artist, RHA Annual Exhibition, 2014
  • Amsterdam Art Fair, 2013
  • Royal Ulster Academy of Art Open Submission, 2005 - 2008
  • RHA Annual Group Exhibition, 1987 - 1991 (sculpture)
  • Sligo Iontas Annual Exhibition, 1989 - 1992
  • Women Artists Exhibition Malton Gallery St Stephens Green, 1990
  • Claremorris Annual Exhibition, 1991
  • Dundalk Rotary Club Annual Exhibition, 1992, 1993
  • Royal Ulster Academy of Art Annual Exhibition, 1993 (sculpture)

Public Commissions

  • Sculpture - Defender’s Row Plaque – Dundalk
  • Sculpture - Morrigan’s Ravens – Dundalk

Work Purchased by Public Bodies

  • Night Hare - The Office of Public Works, 2012
  • An Undulating Silence - The Office of Public Works, 2005
  • Seguiría - The Office of Public Works, 2005
  • Field – Enterprise Ireland, 2005

Residencies/Fellowships

  • Fellowship at Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Co Mayo, 2015, 2016
  • Cill Rialaig Art Centre, Co Kerry, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2014
  • Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, Co Monaghan, 2001 - 2006, 2011, 2014
  • Oberpfalzer Kunstlerhaus, Schwandorf, Germany, 2009