When people visit my exhibitions, I always have long and wonderful conversations about my artwork. Initially people react to the fact that they have..."never seen anything like this before" - your work is so soft and ethereal . This inevitably starts a conversation about my style and technique. My work really seems to touch people and draw us together in a shared appreciation of our landscape.
I have a book that I invite visitors to write comments in. At a recent show a visitor wrote, "thank you for letting me look through your frosty window". I really appreciated that ... Read More
amusing and heartfelt comment; I couldn't have put it better myself.
One of the joys of being an artist is the chance to meet such a range of people and share comments, tall tales and laughter with my many visitors.
I was born in Dublin, Ireland. My Dad was an avid western fan and read to me from the pages of Jack London, Zane Gray, Robert Service and others. It seems the lifestyle of the west was to be part of my destiny.
I began taking pictures at a very early age and soon began to manipulate the images, painting in colors and adding my personal touches to create soft impressionist images.
My interest in photography led to further study and eventually a career in advertising and fashion photography. I constantly experimented with the medium of photography, seeking to put my own mark or style on the finished image.
I had the opportunity to visit the American west on assignment in 1971 and immediately fell in love with the rugged landscape and the wonderful people of the west. I was captivated by the indomitable spirit of the people and their partnership with the land and animals. It seemed to me a spirit born of the challenge to survive and win in this rugged and beautiful land.
The stories of my childhood came alive and I was inspired to try and capture this spirit in my artwork. The camera eventually became a sketch book as I developed the techniques that give my work the unique look it has today. Using such techniques mixed in layers gives my work the soft translucent feel that has become my trademark style.
Carol Jette, President of the Montana Art Gallery Directors Association (MAGDA) has said the I have � a style and vision unlike any artist working today�. I hope that those words ring true when people see my artwork and that somehow I can share my strong emotional attachment with everyone who views my work.
Since returning to live in my native Ireland I'm excited to explore this unique landscape and bring my view of Ireland to life.
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