Where? What? Where?

‘Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?

‘Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? By Paul Gauguin 1897

In the last couple of years, I often found myself referring back to this painting.. Gauguin is a painter I took a real interest in when I decided to go back and study the history of art and design in UL (certificate) a few years ago.. When I was in art college, (LSAD, 1993-96), I had no clue how to write essays, even yet dissertations. I had no clue even, at the time, what artist interested me being 19 or did I even begin to explore ways and possibilities of expressing myself outside the school curriculum.. Art. It was a new big world.. Had I been less young and inexperienced in making art and finding myself IN art and living, my dissertation would have probably been a masterpiece. Lol..or maybe not..? The title of this painting and the artist behind it is something and someone that often comes to mind..in recent years.. where, what, where.. who what when.. does any of it matter? Only what matters to you..when it matters and why it matters.. yes I think a lot..it makes me see a lot.. be happy, we are all dying but we are also living.. the seldom few……


Up For Sale

Some of my recent and past paintings on sale at Guinness Gallery, Foxrock, amongst lots of other contemporary art and crafts from other artist. Drop in and have a look!

Guinness Gallery home_Foxrock Dublin 2017
Guinness Gallery, Foxrock Village, Dublin 18. Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 11am – 6pm
Guinness Gallery_Foxrock Dublin 2017
‘Through The Pines’, at Guinness Gallery





This is something I am working on at present.. I find it hard to ‘stop painting’ sometimes..it’s like my conscience is whispering to stop but I can’t. Physically, I feel compelled to work some of my paintings up and up until they are almost smothered.. that is where I ‘go’ when I surround myself with my subject..

Questions, Questions..

When I feel I am nearing the conclusion of a painting, I gather a lot of mixed thoughts and feelings about how it should finish.. it’s the worst and best feeling..

I am limboed with the contemplation of a work in progress..there is a fine line between absolute euphoria and complete failure..

you need a good sense of humour at times..

..in progress

Before The Fall

August.. The most violet of months out in the open landscape of Ireland. Mountains covered in heather of all shades of violets. It is a magical place to walk, up there in the mountains around this time of year. Those reddened violets and purples, all about to wither into golden browns and yellows and soon to be gone until next year, when the cycle begins again..

Contact Studios

I can’t believe contact studios is closing.. As a former member from the year when the studios were first established back in 1997, this is very saddening to see happen.

Back in the year of 1996 after graduating from Limerick School of Art and Design, I had no space to continue painting. I didn’t know much back then about who I was or what I wanted out of life..but one thing I knew for certain was that refuge for me always laid in raising my son and making art. I was depressed for a long time because I was unable to paint due to circumstances and having no proper art space..

One day a former college good friend Carl Doran from LSAD told me about these art studios he was involved in trying to get set up and asked if I was interested in a space in Contact Studios. He said they were free but to earn the space I had to teach art to a group of elderly men and women in one of the selected retirement homes in Limerick city and for only 2 hours a week. Of course I was thrilled and went for it. I was so happy to finally have a place I could get back to making art and all only for a small exchange in return by teaching some amazing and interesting people in the retirement home..

Now that Contact Studios are possibly closing some 20 years on in such an age of art and cultural awareness…this is really hard to believe and very saddening.. the end on an era almost.. But hopefully something good will turn round to save the studios, who knows..

Below is the official press release sent to me by Carl Doran a few days ago..
Imminent Closure of Contact Studios, Friday 4th August 2017

On Friday August 4th next, Contact Studios, Limerick’s  (and one of Ireland’s) longest established Independent Studios, will be forced to close its doors, with the loss of 14 Artist Studios – over one third of all Visual Arts Spaces in the city.

For 20 years the studios have provided workspaces for over 100 artists, LSAD graduates, mid -career and mature artists, supporting every Fine Art discipline, including Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Ceramics, Photography and Illustration among others.

We have been intrinsic to the cultural life of the city over this period, as an organisation, and through our individual careers, hosting and initiating events, exhibitions and open studios in collaboration with every major cultural entity over the period, including Limerick City Gallery, the Hunt Museum, the University of Limerick, Limerick Printmakers, LSAD and many others.

Until October of 2016, Artists gave their time providing weekly recreational Art Classes and Social Meetings to Service Users of the Mental Health Services in Limerick (approximately 8-10,000 hrs since 1997), in what was a unique barter system. It provided a valuable meeting point between people and succeeded in breaking down barriers in a casual and friendly manner.

Last year, we were advised that the HSE wished us to vacate the building.

There was, and there remains no advance purpose for our workplace of 20 years, bar that the St. Joseph’s Campus was to be ‘tidied up’ following a National Audit of HSE Campuses.

We have held protracted talks with the HSE, and separately, Limerick City and County Council to try to avert our removal, while also making the point that the city needs a properly run Municipal studio facility, and highlighting the possibilities of artists providing services to the city and its populace in exchange for subsidised spaces. There has been some progress on this but, should it be approved, it will take 6 months.

Unfortunately, the unit as it exists, will cease to be, as artists and their artworks will be scattered through city and county (and country) next week. There are no spaces, even storage spaces where our artists can put their work in Limerick.

We would like to make it clear that we are grateful to the HSE for their provision of a premises (albeit paid for in kind) over the last 20 years. It displayed a creativity of approach, an understanding of what can be achieved through partnership and vision, and an understanding of what Culture can offer to the Mental Health Service and its users, among others.

We would seek, however, that an arbitrary date/timeline, could be extended until an alternative home is found, particularly where there is no immediate plan or use for the building.

We have offered on numerous occasions to compensate the HSE financially or through our time, for the premises, but all our attempts to do this have been rejected out of hand.

As a model for how a studios can support artists, and the community at large, we had hoped that the program would be expanded, tailored to different communities around Ireland. Unfortunately, it would seem the organisational skills, camaraderie, expertise, and day to day careers of the current, and future artists of Limerick will be much the poorer for the foreseeable future if this decision goes ahead, and we mourn for that.

Current Contact Studios Members: Gerry O’Mahony, Isabella Walsh, Sheila Stone, Julie Brazil, Maurice Foley, Ciarán Nash, Kathleen Bartlett, Carl Doran, Nuala O’Sullivan, Sheila Richardson, Kevin O’Keeffe, Anne Marie Morrin, Ann Daly, Emma Fisher.elow is the official press release that was sent to me from Carl Doran a few days ago..

Solace : : Whats On Show

This is a short video composition of whats on show for my current exhibition titled Solace.
It shows brief visual detail of the work’s surface textures and some of how they were created. Please feel welcome to come to the opening on Friday March 3rd at 7pm or pop in to have a look any day between now and March 12th. With guest speaker Derek Dean, a talented musician and author who will be opening the exhibition, there is a great evening in store!.
Here is my world, so I hope you enjoy!
Music by the amazingly talented and inspirational man in my life, Torsten Kinsella with his twin Niels Kinsella from band God Is An Astronaut Song titled, Fragile.
Click here, https://youtu.be/vdQff83HwQs or on the image to view.
‘Souvenirs’ 120cm x 120cm Oil, Mixed Media on Canvas