I am an Irish artist living and working in Northern Ireland and I have been making art in some shape or form since early childhood. For me art is about questioning traditional fine art methods, drawing on life experience in search of connections to our landscape.
My work has taken me to various parts of the world and in the 80s I moved to Canada with my family where I graduated in Experimental Art from the Ontario College of Art & Design.
My main inspiration comes from the tradition of painting from the life model. Captivated by an emotional response to the human form, I have come to view my work as a physically expressive act.
Often described as “figurative landscapes”, my expressive compositions capture the essence of the pose through gestural marks and use of an intuitive colour pallet.
My abstracted human forms often mirror how I feel in my personal life and I confess that they have been instrumental in building resilience and strength as part of a healing process.
The result is a collection of truly honest paintings that portray strong independent women who challenge and confront the viewer.
Drawing on lived experience, my more recent work has developed by exploring the unassuming life of the single female living in the desert countries of the Middle East.
In Doha, Qatar I enjoyed lifestyle of the rich tapestry of Arabic Culture and landscape. Taking inspiration from the “universal expat” woman, I examined themes around isolation, the fragility of friendships and how one is impacted by the environment.
Influenced by the vivid colours of the sea, sand and the sun, I have created the “bikini woman,” building her into layers of natural and unnatural forms, repetitive motifs of decorative patterns and the desert landscape.
Reminiscent of my textile background, I combine dynamic shapes and colours with text and ‘scribbling and scratching’ to produce unique compositions. It’s thought that the various colours of roses can symbolise different spiritual meanings. Whilst red roses can signify passion and sacrifice, white can express hope for the future and a new begining.