Originally from Finglas, Dublin, I graduated from DIT with a degree in Design & went on to work in timber research projects in DIT, Bolton Street and University of Limerick, where I also completed a H. Dip. at Limerick School of Art & Design.
I worked in the furniture Industry in R & D with an emphasis on Product Design & timber research projects in Bolton St. and University of Limerick before arriving in Connemara to take up a position as a Product Design & Development consultant in the Furniture Technology Centre in 1997.
By 2002, I was teaching Art & Design to adults at the Further Education Centre in Letterfrack where I still teach part-time and am smitten by the landscape, the community and the way of life.
I have exhibited my work in Ireland and USA. My work can be found in private collections in Ireland, USA, UK, France, Germany, Turkey, Australia and Singapore.
I like to respond intuitively to the ideas that capture my imagination in nature and mythology. I respond to a variety of themes, sometimes mixing media to communicate the appropriate response. I use ancient textile techniques: – felting, weaving & batik, along with various printmaking techniques.
Drama in nature, particularly in relation to light, focuses my attention and offers me a challenge in representing this intensity. At times the interaction creates striking, spectacular and beautiful combinations of colours, tones and textures. The use of absorbent and reflective materials in my work is an attempt to capture this brilliance. Most visitors to Connemara are only able to obtain fleeting impressions of the area’s visual richness and depth. My work offers the viewer an opportunity to experience those dramatic moments in the landscape.