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“There is a distant isle,
Around which sea-horses glisten:
A fair course against the white-swelling surge—
Four pedestals uphold it.”

(Extract from ‘The Isles of the Happy’ by anonymous – from a selection of ancient Irish poetry in the Myth and Saga section)

I wanted the powerful charge of energy you can feel when standing on the shore of the Atlantic ocean to be expressed in this painting.

The low perspective and seeing the rush of water coming towards us, wave upon wave upon wave combine to give a vertiginous feel even though our eye is guided by the inviting distant island’s lights.

This feeling of energy is created by the duality between the ‘white horses’ galloping towards us while our eye surfs the top of the waves towards the island.

Beyond the waves and the island, a warm band of purple and blue clouds drift by from left to right. Their shapes and colours bring about some respite and balance that’s disrupted by two voluminous cumuli moving slowly towards land.

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This 19″ x 13 X .75″ oil on canvas is ready to hang.

The edges, painted white, so framing is not required.

All my paintings are varnished to add a protective coat against dust.

Only the highest quality archival fine art grade oil paints are used on the surface gessoed and prepared by myself.

Packing: all work is packed professionally using protective compressed foam boards 2 cm deep so that your painting arrives safely.

How can I make tangible on a paint surface a world that is full of magic and poetry? My finished pieces do not mirror a subject matter but are a representation of emotions felt in a specific time or place. Often the fleeting effect of a particular light and colour in nature are held somewhere in my visual memory. At some point, this takes centre stage on the painting I am working on. It may appear during the process of creation without an obvious connection to the subject matter at hand and yet, it adds another dimension, a particular atmosphere. These processes are ways and means by which I express my connection to nature in all its richness and variety. I recently moved from Ireland to France to create a new body of work with the regular discipline of painting small oil studies on panel. These inform larger landscapes, still lifes and abstract works. I hold a Bachelor Degree in Fine Art (BFA). My work is in collections in France, the USA, Great Britain and Ireland.

Fine Art Degree in Painting.

1987-1989 Foundation Art course - Birmingham Polytechnic- Distinction

1989 - 1992 Cheltenham College of Art.- 2:1 with first in Art History with commendation

Materials used:

Oil paint

I Dreamt of White Horses III (2017)

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