Growing up along the western seacoast of Ireland, the beauty of my surroundings was impressed on me from a young age. After living in England for a couple of years, I moved to the United States in the early 90s and settled in Raleigh, North Carolina.
From painting on occasion, I made the transition to painting seriously in 2017. I am primarily self-taught, and continue to explore the creative process by taking workshops and connecting with other artists. I have studied under well known painter Eric McRay and taken many workshops with nationally recognized artists.
As a representational artist who works in acrylics, my mission is to create art that is fresh and vibrant. My zest to paint is fed by the places I know and love. These are places I often return to again and again. My strong connection to the environments that I paint influences my compositions. In simplifying the composition and not being overly explicit, my intent is to capture the effects of light, movement, mood and space in the landscape using value relationships and color.
My goal for each painting is to create a visual dialogue of opposing elements and to create a narrative within the two dimensional space. My landscape paintings are created using direct observation, photos and videos. My portfolio is reflective of my love of the Crystal Coast of North Carolina and my childhood home of Western Ireland.