A Visual artist and art facilitator from Kilworth, Co. Cork
I studied at Crawford College of Art and Design as a mature student and gained a BA in Fine Art and then completed the art teaching course acquiring a PGDE in art education.
I divide my time between working in my rural studio three miles from Kilworth village and working as an art facilitator in nursing homes, health care settings and in the Crawford Art Gallery on the Lonradh programme. Please see www.crawfordartgallery.ie under Learn and Explore for details about Lonradh which provides artistic experiences for people with memory loss and their carers.
My art work consists mainly of drawing, with some painting, from the immediate surrounds of my garden and the neighbouring countryside. My subject matter is usually something or someone with which I am familiar and my work is an expression of my relationship with them. Plants, animals, domestic items such as clothes lines, table linen and plates feature in my work. At times the domestic objects are used as surfaces on which I draw and paint. I have done a number of portraits in pastel on a commission basis and really enjoyed the challenge presented in trying to capture what I saw as the essence of the person.
My art is concerned with mark making and line and through these I aim to convey an aspect of the subject matter’s energy and vitality. I frequently erase marks I have made or cover them with other marks and rework the drawings. I work with a variety of media including charcoal, graphite, pastel and watercolour As well as drawing and painting on new paper and canvas I like to use found paper and natural things like sticks, rainwater and charred wood and have incorporated these in my work.
I think there is a growing disconnect between us and the natural world and in some of my work I try and encourage viewers to look again at reviled creatures such as wasps and rats who have their own particular role to play.
Sanda, Castlecooke, Kilworth, Co.Cork.
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