Sometimes or Always?

Standing back after an intense session of painting and trying to work out where it’s going I can sometimes see parts of the chaos in my mind. Usually on a day where I finally tackle my fears, the what, why, when, how, but, all shower down in a deafening noise. Then I stop and I can begin to make sense of something.. sometimes.

This work in progress is perhaps another of those..

Killing Pink

Having my son Aaron home from Berlin the past week, I was excited to show him my new work in my studio. He made some interesting observations and one that worked for this particular painting titled Killing Pink. So I revisited it once more with some extra blue and now I think it feels more balanced and I can definitely call it finished again..till next time.. I love having people view my work in the studio, I always come away with fresh ideas and great inspiration. I love the solitude of being alone making art in my studio but sometimes it’s really beneficial to have someone drop by..

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Wicklow Artists: A Gathering

I am thrilled to be invited to exhibit at Wicklow Artist: A Gathering in aid of SVP in Greystones this year along with other great Wicklow artists. The pop up gallery is in La Touche Place around the corner from the Happy Pear. It opens this Saturday at 2pm and runs till the 17th of December. I have a number of paintings on sale including my very large to my little ones. All are welcome so come down and check it out!

From the last few days

I have a few paintings on the go at the moment, it helps me try not to over work the painting. Something I struggle with a lot of the time.. The ‘knowing when to stop’ is something I think most artists try to do and for me I find leaving the painting for a day or so can help see where to go or not to. Its a bit different each time and how I see something differs all the time, so it is sometimes based on my mood or thoughts at that time.


Oil on canvas, 30x30cm
Charcoal and pencil under drawings on canvas, in progress. 100x100cm
Oil on Canvas, 25x25cm

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I just had to make it bigger..now it’s become both landscape and a diptych which wasn’t my intention.. What to do??!! ..I have 2 more blank canvases come to think about it…

‘Earth Glow’

Earth Glow

Oil on Canvas, 70x70cm

As part of my new series of paintings where I am pushing abstraction and focusing on colour and light, this is a detailed closer look at my recent painting titled ‘Earth Glow’. Mediums used are oils and beeswax. The full painting is at the end of the video.

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Expression In Colour and Abstraction

Going in and not thinking too deeply as I had been with me last series of paintings. I feel an immense sense of freedom, something I’ve been striving for before. I think too much there fore I tried to control too much. Now I am releasing all that energy into my new work and I don’t think I’ll ever go back.

The act of making a painting is about freedom and expression. My memory of light, colour, form, and aspects of the landscape that stays in my subconscious are what’s important with the will to let go and let it happen without thought or consequence. .

A short video of my recent experience in my studio. I am feeling very much alive with this new work I am making..