I am so happy and very excited to finally have a solo exhibition early next year 2017. I have been working very hard on my current series the past 2 years after a long time where painting every day and sometimes with gaps of months had not been possible for me due to personal life commitments. These past 2 years I have been so lucky to be able to paint full time and explore many possibilities within my art form. With my new studio I finally got up and running here in Co. Wicklow in such inspirational surroundings, I have come back to my true passion and love for painting and nature. Details on my exhibition will be announced very soon. If you would like to find out, come back here in a couple of weeks or follow me on my Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!
Here is one of my paintings that will be included in the show early 2017. Click on the image title below to read a short recent press publication about the work. To see more click here.
This is a recent painting where I brought some bits I’ve gathered from the forest floors while out walking. I wanted to bring the outside surroundings back to my studio for some recent paintings that I am working on. The gathering of such things like pine needles, bits of twigs, broken up pine cones and dried dead leaves were placed on the surface of the canvas before I painted over it. I used the bits I’ve gathered as a way of sketching out the composition on the canvas which changed the structure in places as the painting progressed.
Here is an example of the atmosphere and environment of where I love to spend a lot of my time. These places in nature fuel my art when I get back to the studio. I think a short video, even just from my phone captures an idea of the experience. The sounds, movements and visual all help, I am only missing the sharp sweet scent of the pine trees, grass, soil and many other scents which can only be appreciated when your sitting surrounded by it physically. Our world is a truly beautiful place.
Something from the past.. A sketch I did last year from memory. I photographed it using a shallow depth of field f2.8 on my camera lens. Then I uploaded it to my computer and manipulated it with some textured layering on photoshop. The original drawing was a gift to my brother for his civil partnership wedding.
I hadn’t sketched like that in a long time and it was very grounding for me at the time. I have a love for trees, they make me feel protected in a way, they are like piers to me, older and wiser. Monumental survivors..