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.
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.
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;
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;