1983 Born in Dublin and works in Dublin, Ireland.
2006 Graduated with B.F.A at the Dublin Institute of Technology
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2014 Memory and Desire, Ards Art Centre, Newtonards, United Kingdom.
2013 Silver Mirrors, Moxie Studios, Dublin.
2011 Paintings, Cockleshell Gallery, Wexford.
2011 The Silence, Mountmellick Library, Laois.
2010 Within the Realm of Feelings, Signal Arts Centre, Bray, Wicklow
2009 New Paintings, Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny
2008 Landscapes, Signal Arts Centre, Bray
2008 Paintings, Ivy House, Drumcondra, Dublin
2007 New Paintings, Cavan Arts Centre, Cavan
2007 New Paintings, Carlinn Gallery, Carlingford
Selected Group Exhibitions
2019 Group shows, Duke Street Gallery and Trinity Gallery, Dublin.
2019 Summer show, Irish Cultural Centre London
2019 Mart Group Show, Mart Gallery, Dublin.
2019 Market House, Dunalvin Arts Festival, Dunlavin.
2017-8 Group shows, Glasthule Gallery, Dublin.
2018 Market House, Dunalvin Arts Festival, Dunlavin.
2017 Market House, Dunalvin Arts Festival, Dunlavin.
2016 Summer and winter shows, Chimera Gallery, Mullingar.
2013 Out of Booooom, Bust & Ruin Springs This, Filmbase, Dublin
2012 Just In Time For The Apocalypse, Moxie Studios, Dublin
2012 Art For Art’s Sake, Avenue Road Gallery, Dublin
2011 FFS POP-UP Gallery @ Kilkenny Arts Fringe, Kilkenny.
2011 Making Do With Paper Clowns, Moxie Studios, Dublin.
2011 One or Several Wolves, Moxie Studios, Dublin.
2010 Ancient Palaces, International group show at Villa Tittoni, Milan
2010 Dunlavin Arts Festival, Dunlavin.
2010 Group show of painting at the Sycamore Arts Club, Dublin
2009 Of This Earth, Rua Red, Dublin. (two person).
2008 Emerging Artist Award, Backstage Arts Centre, Longford
2008 Royal Ulster Academy Annual Show, Belfast
2008 Summer show, Hallward Gallery, Dublin
2008 Enniskillen Visual Arts Festival, Higher Bridges Gallery, Fermanagh
2007 Winter Group Show, Hallward Gallery, Dublin
2007 Figure and Landscape, La Cathedral, Dublin. (two person).
2007 Loft Gallery, Dublin
2007 Summer Group Show, Hallward Gallery, Dublin
2006 RDS Student Art Awards Exhibition, Dublin
2006 DIT Graduate show, St Joseph's Convent, Dublin
2008 Shortlisted for Backstage Theatre Emerging Artists Award
2006 The Cill Rialaig Studio Residency “Scholarship” for a Young Emerging Artist
Public Collections: The Unicorn Restaurant (Dublin), OPW (Dublin), Ardstone Capital (Dublin), Cavan Arts Centre (Cavan).
Private Collections in Ireland, UK, Europe and USA.
Painting for me is not about the description of the visible world; it is a means of conveying the inner landscape of the artist’s heart and mind. Images of nature have remained a potent source of inspiration for artists down to the present day.
Lately I have become fascinated by Chinese paintings from different centuries and their artistic expression has been deeply imprinted with images of the natural world. Viewing Chinese landscape paintings, it is clear that depictions of nature are seldom mere representations of the external world. Rather, they are expressions of the mind and heart of the individual artists as I try to connect with the idea of the human being and the landscape it inhabits.
In this way I try to explore the psychological and spiritual places in the landscape around me. My work describes not the actual world but rather an interior realm; they are the product of my imagination and an intuitive merging of numerous sources, including photographs and memories of photographs, fleeting moments, feelings, and moods. I find myself wanting to paint about the human inside nature, or nature as seen by the human mind.
These are transitional places that sit between land and sea, connections much like those moments between dream and reality, life and death. In this way, my style moves between abstraction and representation. To achieve this, I mine countless sources to create composites of places, stitching together fresh, complex psychological landscapes.
Painting is an alchemical process in a way. It is the magical process of transforming or combining elements into something new. At the beginning of a painting I might have an idea of what I’m going to paint, but most of the time this is abandoned and replaced with a new idea. Sometimes this can happen many times on the one canvas. I might scrape it off or paint over it. This creates a new surface which for me is as important as the image. Adding to this I make choices of color, form, and gesture, I set abstraction against representation, line against wash, dry against dripping brushwork and texture against smooth. Through these different techniques, landscapes often emerge ghostlike from their surroundings.
I hope my paintings will awaken the imagination of the public to remind them of the beauty of the landscape and their surroundings, with the ongoing threat of climate change worldwide which is a constant. Through this I aspire that my work will give viewers the chance to tap into their spiritual sides and I hope my paintings would act as springboards for contemplation that ask us to consider our own hidden worlds.