I am a visual artist, originally from Limerick, now living in Galway on the West Coast of Ireland.
I create abstract compositions which allow me to reinterpret my world through the juxtaposing of colour, form, and texture. The main sources for my work are the daily observations and occurrences of life - a walk with a loved one; games played as a child; the pattern I associate with a person; a beach visited; an imposing building; the fold of a towel. Exploring the distinctive shapes, colours, patterns, and rhythms that occur within these seemingly inconsequential daily events, ensures that I will never run out of ideas.
"I love to combine strong colours and shapes, yet keep the work inherently sensitive"
Though trained in ceramics, I have always been interested in 'low' materials to create art - household paint, clothing, recycled card, paper, wool - all simply ready art materials there to be used accordingly.
I use paint (acrylic, gouache and household emulsion), thread, sewing machine, wool, fabric, paper, & card - anything that offers the opportunity to express myself.
I am a maker, with a keen interest in how a painting is conceived & experienced when there is an addition of a craft or design element to it. Stitching, crochet, pattern making, embroidery, printing, collage co-existing with paint gives me a sense of ease as an artist.
Amongst the many artists whom have influenced me, I draw much of my practice from Henri Matisse, Lee Krasner, Francis Davison, Anne Ryan, Frederick Hammersley, Robert Diebenkorn.
Alongside my own art, I teach design, graphics, textile printing, embroidery & collage techniques
to adult learners in Galway City.
I have a husband, three daughters and two cats.