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"Painting is a mixture of poetry, gambling and surgeryā€¯, Richard Diebenkorn.


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). My work is inspired by painters past and present, too numerous to list here, and I am constantly brought back to the easel by the complex process of looking, the flexing of the perceptual muscles, and the balancing act required to bring a work to completion.


My work has been accepted into the Zomerexpo 2014, the Royal Hibernian Academy Summer Exhibition, and hangs in private collections in Europe, the UK, the US, Asia and Africa. In addition I have carried out a number of portrait commissions internationally, exhibit regularly, and take part in selected international painting festivals.




Born Dublin, Ireland

Diploma Fine Art, Wackers Academie, 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