A friend once said to me, “Turn your disability into an ability” and that has been My Mantra ever since.
I started painting in 1991. The Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) began offering a variety of classes, one of which was Art. I didn’t think this class would be suited to me because I can’t draw. However, friends already in the class encouraged me to give it a try and I was surprised at the results.
I first fell in love with the medium of watercolour and initially I used it only because I thought it was most suited to my disability. Most recently, I have switched to using the medium of acrylics, which I find easier to use, given the current level of my disability.
At first, I painted landscapes because of the ease with which I could acquire subject matter. Since I was unable to access many outside locations for painting, a postcard or photograph would suffice as a model from which to work with. However, over time I have become very attached to landscapes and see it as a way to access parts of the world which otherwise would not be so accessible to me!
I have exhibited eleven times so far and am always looking for opportunities to display my work. Friends and family commission paintings from me on a wide variety of subject matter, and I enjoy the process of understanding someone’s vision for a painting and combining it with my own.
The history of Art Exhibitions I have been involved in: …
The history of Art Exhibitions I have been involved in:
Blue Ginger Dun Laoghaire – 2014
Dun Laoghaire Rehab Care clarence House – 2010
Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco – March 2009
The Blue Wave Art Exhibit
Pictures in my head
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I hold a BA and Masters of Literature in History, both from Trinity College Dublin.
I first started writing poetry when I was 15 years old and I have been writing ever since. The writing actually came before the painting because I found I could express my deepest thoughts and feelings without much help.
My writing inspirations are wide and varying, for example when my twin nephews were christened, a national or international event or a commission for a certain event.
“The Circle” Published 2014