It is out of a physical and spiritual connection to the landscape that I paint. The sense of journey arouses my imagination, inspiring me to recall memories and emotions which I interpret into visual storytelling. Being Irish, I am a storyteller at heart and take inspiration from the great Irish poets such as John O’Donohue and Seamus Heaney. I am rooted in my spiritual heritage and recognise the significance of pilgrimage within my life and work.

Through the physical act of walking, I am reminded of the many layers of history beneath my feet, stories of man and nature journeying through space and time. It is this sense of interconnectedness of man, nature, and history that I represent within the layers of my paint. The spontaneous and intuitive abstract marks laid down in the present, journeying towards an untold story of the future. Because when I start a painting, I rarely know its destination, we walk the process together, my knowledge dancing in a form of communication with the painted surface, leading me towards the realisation of the final image and revealing the deep meaningful message it has to offer.

Biography (B. 1973)

1995 University of Ulster, BA (Hons Fine Art)

Group Shows

2021 Waterstone House, Aberlady, Scotland (3 person show)

2021 Nottingham City Artists Studio Exhibition, St. Mary’s, Nottingham

2021 Artists for Conservation, Vancouver. (Virtual Exhibit)

2021 Finalist, David Shepherd Artist of the Year

2020 Artists for Conservation, Vancouver (Virtual Exhibit)

2019 Society of Wildlife Artists, Mall Galleries, London

2018 Society of Wildlife Artists, Mall Galleries, London

2017 Artists for Conservation, Marine Exhibition Tour, Florida & China

2017 Artists and Illustrators Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

2009 Society of Animal Artists, Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure,                                               Kansas

2009 Dunnegan Gallery of Art, MO, Ward Museum of Wildfowl, MD

2008 Birds in Art, Leigh Yawkey Musuem, Wisconsin

2008  Society of Animal Artists, The Neville Museum, Green Bay,                                            Wisconsin

2008  Artists for Conservation, The Art of Conservation, Hiram                                                Blauvelt Museum, New Jersey, USA

2007 The Wildlife Experience, Parker, Denver, CO

2002 Four portraits, Ulster Museum Collection

Solo Exhibitions

2012 Solo exhibition, WWT Art gallery, N.Ireland

2010 Solo exhibition, WWT Art Gallery, N.Ireland

2000 N.Ireland Television personalities,  sporting legends,                                business leaders and politicians

Awards/Special achievements

2021 Best Abstract/interpretative painting, Artists for Conservation,  Vancouver

2021 Finalist in BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year

2018 John Busby Bursary Award, Society Wildlife Artists

2015 Featured artist in N.Ireland television production

2013 Invited artist,Artists for Conservation Scuba Dive Pilot                          Expedition, Cayman Islands

2011  Master Artists Seminar with Robert Bateman, Cortes Island,                                         Vancouver Island

2011 Featured artist in BBC Wild Week Live Television production:                                       Live broadcast art demonstration

2008 Image selected to be the design of the cover of Artists for                                             Conservation Exhibition show book

2008 Featured artist in RTE Nationwide Television production, Ireland