Hi and welcome to my website.
Thanks for checking me out and I hope you like my art.
I paint a range of subjects like magnified depictions of fruit, pet & people portraits, contemporary landscapes and seascapes and my “Happy Fish” collections. They have real fun expressions to paint and I try to exaggerate on that. I introduce a touch of humour to certain pieces, where you might discover a hidden amusing element in the painting. Last year I introduced some new pieces workedin Genuine 23 and 24 carat gold leaf and new abstracts. I am working on evolving these and merging into my current work for a new aspect to my style.
My art is about happiness. I want it to feel uplifting to look at. While I totally love and respect art that makes a point to bring attention to unjust causes, I believe if you buy a piece of art, it should brighten up your home, make you feel happy and perhaps even be a talking point at dinner parties.
I am influenced by the impressionists like Vincent Van Gogh (my favourite artist) & Monet, and Turner’s mastery of illustration and atmosphere. I am inspired by my natural surroundings; Form, colour, reflections, light & shadow, interactions, sometimes even TV.
I paint in oils, layering it on and often using acrylic mediums and other methods to create under-painted textural effects. My work is continually evolving combining contemporary art guided by traditional approaches.
Make sure to say hello if you see me at the RDS or any other Art Fairs, I love to meet new people and talk about art. As well as my online galleries here, you can find my work at the following galleries:-
Gallery 1608, Main St., Bushmills, Co. Antrim, UK.
The Denis Collins Gallery, 3 Lower Rowe St., Wexford
The Rosslare Gallery, Rosslare Strand, Co., Wexford
Art Bank, Main St., Bunclody, Co. Wexford.
Carlow Made Gallery, Tullow St., Carlow.
By appointment at my Carlow studio - phone 00353 (0)87 6769051
Upcoming Shows for 2019:-
Nov 15th to 17th 2019 "Art Source" Stand J2 RDS Main Hall, D4
Past Solo Shows:
Aug 2019 "Loving Dublin" Red Stables Market Gallery, Clontarf, Dubin 3
July 2019 "Favourite places" Red Stables Market Gallery, Clontarf, Dubin 3
Nov 2018 "Art Source" RDS, Dublin 4 - Stand A40
June 2018 "Return to Roots" Red Stables Market Gallery, Clontarf, Dubin 3
May 2018 "Love Your Home" City West Convention Centre, Dublin 12th & 13th May
April 2018 "Spring Selection" Red Stables Market Gallery, Clontarf Dublin 3
Nov 2017 "RDS Art Source" Stand A92, RDS Main Hall, Dublin
Sept 2017 "Seas & Scenes of Dublin Bay" The Red Stables Market, Clontarf, Dublin 3.
Aug 2017 "The Fenlon Gallery" Pop up Gallery, Fairgreen SC, Carlow
July 2017 "Creations on Canvas" Carlow Co. Library, Tullow St., Carlow
May 2016 "Art Loft" Stand F24 RDS,House Event's 2nd Show
Nov 2016 "RDS Art Source 2016" Stand A91, RDS Main Hall, Balsbridge, Dublin
Sept 2016 "Culture week selection" Castledermot Library, Castledermot, Co. Kildare
Aug 2016 "Selected works" Loughboy Library, Kilkenny
July 2016 "A Brush with Summer" Carlow County Library, Exhibition & curated Children's art
May 2016 "Art Loft" Stand F10 RDS, House Event Debut Show
Dec 2015 "Winter Warmth" Lennon's @ Visual, College St., Carlow
Nov 2015 “RDS Art Source” Stand 76
Sept 2015 “Fruits of Land & Sea” The Leinster Gallery, 27 Sth Frederick St. Dublin
June 2015 “Picture Book” Carlow County Library - Exhibition & Masterclass
Nov 2014 “RDS Art Source” Stamd 89 (my ‘Fate of Mackerel’ featured in brochure)
June 2014 “The Market Gallery” Carlow Arts Festival Solo pop up Gallery
July -Nov 18 "Goal - What on Earth" Charity Event round Ireland. Painted Globe
March 2016 “Michelle, The Healing Hare” – Hares on the March Project for the Jack & Jill Foundation
June 2015: “Portraits for the Post Office” - Large Portrait selected for display over Carlow Post Office.
August 2013 Arthur Guinness Projects/Arts: ‘HOPESEATS’ Interactive, community helpline
2016 "Michelle, The Healing Hare" sponsored by The Royal College of Physicians, Dublin.
2015 "Design selected for 'Hares on the March' project for the Jack and Jill Foundation.
2014 "Fate of Mackerel" painting featured in Art Source Brochure 2014
Group shows:- 2008-2018
May/June 2019 "Athy Art Group" Annual Exhibition, Gaa club, Athy.
Feb/ 2019 "Incognito" Solomen Gallery, Dublin, Jack & Jill Charity
Dec 2018 "Carlow Made, Gallery" New Carlow Gallery, Tullow St. Carlow
May 2018 Athy Art Group Group Exhibition at Athy GAA club 22-27th May
April 2018 "Incognito" Solomon Art Gallery, Dublin 2 -Charity Event
Feb 2018 "Greenacres" Open Submission Group Show, Wexford.
Wexford Opera Festival, The Bull Ring Oct 17 Group show.
Athy Art Group, Annual Show, June 2017
Ranalagh Arts Centre, Dublin 2016
Lucan Art Fair 2016
Kings Inn Art Fair 2015
The Talbot, Wexford
Butler House, Kilkenny
Denis Collins Christmas show, Wexford
Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow
Impressions - Dublin St, Carlow
BVG Carlow Arts Festival, Dublin St. Carlow
Carlow County Library
Cathedral Parish Centre, Carlow
Carlow Town Hall Theatre
Kings Inn St., School Dublin
The Wet Paint Gallery, Athy
Visual Artists Ireland - Professional Member
The Design & Craft Council of Ireland DCCI
Artlinks South East
Registered Sole Trader - Registered Professional Artist - Garda Vetted - Registered Tutor with CKETB
Selected Works, Bursaries & awards
2019 Commissioned by Semi-State Body Teagasc for works in Oak Park House.
"Portrait of Amy" 80 x 80 cms, for "Portraits for the post office" project. Selected by OPW, GPO, Carlow Arts Festival directors, Carlow County Council and Carlow Arts Council.
Bursary 2013 for artists practice from Artlinks SE.
"The Market Gallery" Curated & selected solo show selected by Carlow Arts Festival 2015
Commendation award CAT paper 5 "Managing people & systems" 27th place of 10,800 participants. 2008
June 2019 Organised & Curated & Managed group show of 32 Artists/crafters for Carlow Arts Festival Fringe event.
Jan -Sept 2018 Tutored, organised and managed Children's group show "The Sugar Factory Story" in Carlow Co. Library for Carlows Educate Together School.
Nov 2017 Curated, planned and managed group exhibition of 17 people "Red Apple Arts" for adults and children students in Carlow Library, opened by Author John McKenna and funds raised for the Peter McVerry Trust.
April 2016 - advisor to Kings Inn Secondary School first fund raiser exhibition of 200 works.
Oil & Acrylic Painting – Sheila Mangan MA – Redwells Studios 2009-2010
Oil & Acrylic Painting – Pat Maher - CIFE 2007- 2009
VEC Fetac 6 Drawing – Mairead Holohan 2008 - 2009
Watercolours – Cheryl Cousins, Isle of Man, UK 2002-2004
Painting & Drawing skills – Isle of Man College 1992-1994
Screen Printing & studio work – Fashionflo, Dublin 1989-1991
Graphic Art course – Dun Laoghaire School of Art 1985
various other workshops with, Blaise Smith ARHA, David Begley, Neil Condron, Mark O’Neill, Tunde Toth, Vincent Lambe, Fergal Flannagan, Brenda Malley, and many more..etc
Group & Private teaching to children and adults 8 + years from 2011 to present
(See facebook Red Apple Arts)
Carlow & Kilkenny ETB/VEC 6 + Years from 2013 to date
Community & Special needs groups including one year with Carlow Wheelchair Ass.
Carlow Educate Together School 6mths project Jan to June 2018
Supervisor / print run planner, Castle Industries, Isle of Man Feb 1992 to Dec 1993
Supervisor/ print run planner/screen printer, Fashionflo, Dublin 3 Sept 1989 to Feb 1992
Further supervisory education through Business & managing people and systems training CAT Accounting. Received Commendation for paper CAT paper 5 "Managing People & Systems" awarded 3rd place in Ireland, 27th place world-wide out of 10,800 participants examination 2008