How did you get into art / have you always been painting?
I wished to be an artist at the age of 16, but “nice little girls don’t go to art college“. So I ended up doing lab technician. Marrying aged 19, raising 4 children, one profoundly deaf, art took a side step. Whilst in the midst of all this, I realised I needed to do something for myself and went to night school under the guidance of art teacher Yann Renard Goulet. One of the areas I did was ceramics. Later I moved to Dun Laoghaire College (now IADT) to complete copper plate etching and obtained my art teaching diploma.
What medium/media do you use?
I use mostly oils, but I’ve been fortunate to have training in watercolour and acrylic as well as sculpture.
What are your favourite subjects?
This week I may see a bunch of cows and paint cows, but then I see the equestrian centre and will paint horses. Boats are popular with me, as are people, landscapes and indoor scenes. I also love abstracts. So, anything goes really. But I do need to get inspired.
Where do you get your inspiration?
Anywhere and everywhere. A book, the clothes line, horses in the field. Anywhere.
Is there anything in particular you like to communicate through your art ?
I’m trying to do the very best I can, I’m very critical of my own work, so just try to do my very best.
When and why did you join the Greystones Art Group?
I joined in the seventies as I found the people there very inspiring, very enthusiastic. They produced lovely and very professional work and I decided to join them.
Do you take commissions?
I’m not particularly interested in commissions, but I do from time to time, if the right request comes up.
Are you working on any special projects? (e.g. exhibitions, commission, etc.)
Not working on anything special at the moment.