I am a self-taught artist, painting contemporary, abstract, expressionistic work, reflecting the sea, shore and harbour life.
Painting helps me to express the experience of being in and by the sea. Living on the south coast of Cork inspires my work.
I have an emotional response to being in and by the sea. Colour, texture, shape, sound and sensation emerge on the canvas to reflect a sense of the place. This environment is constantly changing, affected by season, weather and tide.
In the busy harbour, I see ships come and go as I work at my desk. They glide in to dock and, exchanges complete, glide silently away again into the ocean beyond the harbour.
I walk the beach, collecting flotsam and jetsam as I go. Rope and net fragments (ghost gear), sea plastic, weathered driftwood. Each fragment tells of its own journey at sea. I use these to inspire colours and textures, for mark making or as collage elements, allowing them to bring their story onto the canvas.
Sea swimming at first causes a 'cold shock' at which all concerns are forgotten beyond controlling the breath. Once acclimatised, there are myriad sensations, colours changing, light on water, movement on waves, enjoyed until the cold becomes just too much and you emerge 'reset' back onto the shore.
My Latest Project
In early 2021 I learned of an amazing adventure being planned by an Irish sailor, who was aiming to sail solo around the world via the Five Great Capes of the Southern Hemisphere. I connected with the amazing Peter Lawless and am honoured to be working with him to capture his voyage on canvas.
A little bit about me
I grew up in West Cork and some of my earliest and happiest memories are of the sea and shore. I even learned to swim in the frigid Atlantic! Although I gained a place at art college, I instead moved to Paris at 18. Living on the Left Bank for a year, I worked for an artist-photographer, learned French and was surrounded by art and design - museums like the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay and Musée Rodin were literally on my doorstep. I returned to Ireland to study and on graduating began working in technology, but always with one eye on art and design. I consider myself lucky to be able to combine my art with a parallel career in applying the latest technologies to improve people's lives.