I am fascinated by the effects of light and shifts in color in everything we see and how that influences our visual world. Capturing and expressing these impressions and expressing them in the form of line, color, shape, and light, essential elements in a painting, is a challenge that leads to an interesting visual vocabulary.  

I work in acrylic, oil, watercolor and mixed media. I explore new opportunities to express the sense of place or atmosphere through a visual language set to engage the viewer through creative pieces of work.

Above all, I love to paint. I am particularly drawn to dramatic landscapes and themes influenced by nature.

The “Reflected Sky” series, for example, explore the reflection of a clear blue winter sky on the dormant winter forest floor. The only bright color to be seen is the reflection of the blue sky in pools of water in rivers and creeks.  Themes of nature influence my abstract compositions with deconstructed elements leaving the creative process to provide often unpredictable but transformative results that speak to imagery and feelings provoked by the creative process. 

My work is influenced by my time in Ireland and America, especially the South Eastern US. My visual experiences, therefore, are expressed in contemporary landscapes, cityscapes, waterscapes, still-life and abstract compositions influenced by studies both sides of the Atlantic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“I am particularly drawn to dramatic landscapes, seascapes and compositions and themes influenced by our natural world”