To make a painting you need a starting point. Mine happens to be in the real world, usually a person, place or living thing. My training was a traditional figurative one (Wackers Academie, Amsterdam) , but also academic, with a Masters in History of Art (Trinity College, Dublin). Inspired by painters past and present, too numerous to list here, I am constantly brought back to the easel by the complex process of looking, and the balancing act required to bring a work to completion.
My work has been selected for the Royal Hibernian Academy Annual (2022, 2021, 2012) twice shortlisted for the Dutch Portrait Prize, (2021. 2019) accepted into the Dutch Zomerexpo (2014), I have been awarded an artist's residency at Cill Rialaig Artist Retreat (2014) and work has been purchased by the Office of Public Works. In addition, my work hangs in private collections worldwide and I have carried out a number of portrait commissions internationally. I exhibit regularly, and take part in selected international painting festivals.
I am a Professional Member of Visual Artists Ireland, and I currently teach drawing and painting at the Wackers Academie in Amsterdam. I give and am available to give workshops in portrait and still life painting.and drawing.
Born Dublin, Ireland
Diploma Fine Art, Wackers Academie of Fine Art, Amsterdam,
M.A. Text and Image Studies, Trinity College, Dublin & Universite de Paris VII
B. A. History of Art and English Literature, Trinity College, Dublin
Diploma in Visual Education, Dun Laoghaire School of Art and Design, Dublin
Lives and works in Amsterdam