I’m a visual artist and textile designer, for me that 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 am 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 design at West Dean College, attended painting and drawing courses at the RHA along with many masterclasses with selected artists. I practise drawing each week, both as a member of Limerick Figure Drawing Society, on the University campus, and the recently established figure drawing group at Birr Theatre & Arts Centre.
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 teach painting from my own studio.