About the Artist
My main concerns as a painter involve colour, light, texture and surface marks, and these remain constant whatever my subject matter, which varies between portraiture, landscape and still life.
My recent work has concerned the wilder places of the UK and my native Ireland. I love these islands, and hope that this reflects in my painting. My work is constantly evolving in my quest to simplify things to their essential elements, namely, in the case of landscape, form and colour. I enjoy experimenting with paint, pushing its limits and using it in unconventional ways. As well as painting, I spend my time in my studio print-making, with collagraph being my favourite medium. Its methods of building a plate, with layers and structure and ink applied in an intaglio form, lend a lovely parallel to the elements of wind and water building our landscape.
Some of my work reflects my concerns about the world and its peoples, most notably the refugee crisis that continues even when the eyes of the media are elsewhere.