Yayyyyy!! I'm thrilled to be contributing "Green Emporium" (seen here) to Enlighten Exhibition at Hambly &Hambly, Dunbar House, Enniskillen 19th June - End of September 2021
More Exciting News!! Two Exhibitions this August 2021! Where?....
2nd - 29th August - St Patrick's Centre, Downpatrick. - A collection of oil paintings and pastels by myself and wonderful artist, Catherine McKeever. More details to follow shortly...
3rd to 12th August - Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast with The Ulster Society of Women Artists. The 64th Annual Exhibition.
Painting, Painting, Painting!
To elaborate slightly - after working as an interior designer until the last recession - I took the sensible step to hone my skills as a painter. Life had got in the way and is too short not to.
Belfast art college in York Street was such an ugly looking place in the 1990s and I marveled at how I loved going into this hideous building everyday, how it could possibly be such a hive of artistic creativity, but I was hooked. I felt my heart swell each time I went through those doors at the promise of new experimentation and mentoring. Painting is my truest longest love. Moments of beauty in life are my thing. Subject matter combined with light effects create the atmosphere in my work. Whether I'm using pastels or oil paints, the aim is an inhalation of happiness and serenity, light mixed with joyful memory. Oils and pastels possess many interchangeable qualities due to their vibrancy and saturation of colour. I am influenced greatly by the Impressionists and I have found a natural affinity with palette knives as I paint loosely, adding the details I want and letting the mind of the viewer continue the story themselves. I love how the knives emphasise so strongly the textures of paint and the power of the painting process. Pastels are a joy for their creaminess and colour intensity. Click hereto arrange a commission
I regularly teach drawing and painting techniques to adult students in art clubs and evening classes and I am available to do demonstrations of oil painting using palette knives or soft pastels. Clickhere to book your demonstration or workshop.
I am honoured to be a Past President of the Ulster Society of Women Artists (elected 2018), an organisation that celebrates the many talented women artists in Northern Ireland. I enjoyed my two years in office very much. During my time as President, I was keen to modernise the society's website and encourage new membership as well as, with the dedicated work of the Council, put on great exhibitions. Our current President, Judith Logan, is a very talented and capable artist. She and the Council, of which I remain a member; as website manager, have been keeping the Society active and visible throughout the pandemic and we have been holding online exhibitions.