I’m a visual artist and textile designer which, for me, means I’m a painter who creates silk scarves. I take my paintings and use them to create a design, which I then print onto silk and I’m proud to have been awarded Accessory Designer of the Year.
I create representational images of both figurative and landscape subjects, then I tend to abstract those images in the design process. Colour is important to me, but it may not be realistic.
I trained in the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art and Design (1994-98) and attended excellent courses at the RHA (2011-2018) since then I’ve practised drawing as a member of Limerick Figure Drawing Society, we meet each week on the University campus, and I’ve attended many masterclasses with chosen artists.
I’ve been fortunate in having my work purchased by the State and Heritage Groups; commissioned by the National Stud and Japanese Gardens, County Kildare, Nazareth House, County Sligo, and Newgrange Lodge, County Meath; presented to President Michael D. Higgins, President Mary McAleese and the Australian ambassador; and selected for exhibitions curated by Peter Prendergast, Claudia Woolga, Martina Finn and Cabrini Lynch.
I am a member of Visual Artists Ireland, Council of Irish Fashion Designers, Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, current Chair of Birr Theatre & Arts Centre, former Visual Arts Co-ordinator of Birr Vintage Week and Arts Festival, I have taught painting within the community and from my own studio, since 2005.