A little about me
I thought I'd introduce myself so you can put a face to the name! I'm a 40 year old mother of 2 beautiful boys - Finn and Evan and wife to an ever supportive husband!
For as long as I could hold a pencil I was drawing everything I saw around me. Summers spent staying in my granny's house as a child at the foot of the Mountains of Mourne allowed my siblings and I to embark on many adventures. After climbing these iconic mountains our reward on reaching the top was the views of the magnificent Irish Sea. This has undoubtedly influenced my work. Throughout school my Art teacher was so encouraging and complimentary of my talent and said she could imagine me painting
portraits on the banks of the Seine in Paris in the future. It was her belief in me that led me to complete my B.Ed (Hons) in Art & Design in 2000. Alongside my busy career as an Art teacher I have remained determined to continue my own love of painting holding 5 solo exhibitions of my work to date.
Having my two sons made me realise that anything is possible and even more driven to pursue my absolute passion, so I took a career break to immerse myself in motherhood and focus on my own Art full time (between naps and nappies !)
Before embarking on a painting I love to visit the location and do preliminary sketches and small paintings en plein air to really absorb myself in the setting. I gain inspiration from the weather, the sounds, the smells and beautiful surroundings. I then take a series of photographs before returning to my studio to begin the painting.
Many times a client will contact me and ask for a bespoke commission- a place or memory very special to them. I will usually meet the client to discuss their requirements and advise them on the colour and style of the painting to complement their interior and add colour and warmth to their home.
When creating a painting I use my 'artistic licence' to try to inject colour and atmosphere into the scene. I am not concerned with conveying a photo realistic representation but more on enhancing it with bursts of colours and energy. My work has been described as vibrant, energetic and emotive and nothing makes me happier than to see my paintings hanging in their new homes.