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

 

Projects

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

sculptures. 

 

Highlights:

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

Visual, Carlow

The Talbot, Wexford

Butler House, Kilkenny

Denis Collins Christmas show, Wexford

Pigyard Gallery,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 

Memberships:-

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

Curatorial Experience

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.

Art Education:

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

Teaching Experience

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