About

I am a painter and writer born in the States, married to Annette and living and working in Bray, County Wicklow, in the Republic of Ireland. This is a particularly beautiful area to live, near forests, mountains and the sea.

This land and people are also influenced by a strong creative and spiritual presence. It’s a privilege to be practicing my art here.

Why

I inherited a great love of the arts (and some of the practice) from my family roots. The artistic journey began seriously with a great love of animation, particularly the 1930s and 40s stuff we were fed on Saturday morning kids TV for so many years.

I wanted to be an animator and made the pilgrimage to an animation school in Canada, for an interview. There I was told that you needed a grounding of basic understanding of anatomy and how things work in nature, etc. When I began art classes to further this end, I got more and more into drawing and painting itself.

Studies

I graduated in Fine Arts from The Byam Shaw School of Art in London, which had not only a strong and demanding figurative tradition, but also a challenging abstract and narrative practice.

I had the great privilege to be taught by painters such as Euan Uglow, Trevor Felcey, Paul Gopal-Chowdhury and Patrick Symons.

A few examples of my work:

Sol Art, Dawson Street, Dublin:
Solo exhibition opened by visual artist Myra Jago, October 2016;

Palazzetto dell’ Arte “Andrea Pazienza”, Foggia, Italy:
Gate EUROPA – International Art Exhibition, December 2015 – January 2016;

Luisne Centre, Kilcoole, Co Wicklow:
Joint exhibitions with photographer Dieter Sommer, December 2012 and November 2013;

Signal Arts Centre:
Solo exhibition opened by Joe Dunne RHA, Principal of the Royal Hibernian Academy’s Drawing School, March 2013;

Portrait commission for University College Dublin;
2010

Royal Ulster Academy:
Belfast, annual exhibition, 2010;

Signal Arts Centre:
Solo exhibition opened by Dr Brendan Purcell, February 2010;

The LAB, Dublin:
Collaboration on ‘Mnemonic Gaps’, a multimedia piece for the Public Gesture exhibition, June 2009;

Davy Portrait Awards:
Naughton Gallery, Queens College, Belfast 2008 and Farmleigh House, Dublin 2009;

Phoenix Park Gallery, Dublin:
Invited painter to ‘Ways of Looking – Ways of Seeing’, March 2009;