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Having studied at the Crawford I began my career as a hyper-realist, often featuring self-portraits, and had two exhibitions at the Tom Caldwell Gallery in Dublin in the Eighties.
Next I began to look outward into the natural world and became a beachcomber gathering the detritus of the seashore: crab claws, shells, feather and stones. I would subject these to minute scrutiny - homing in on specific details.
The resultant works often had an abstract feel to them. In recent solo exhibitions in the Heritage Centre in Dalkey and in the Triskel in Cork I have created more immediately figurative work in my studies of fish and fowl.
I also began at this stage to experiment more with mixed media. The fish studies focus on colour (blue, turquoise, slate-grey) and pattern. With the hens and
cockerels I try to capture the chutzpah of these feisty creatures.
They have a special resonance for me as they transport me back to the West Cork farmyard of my childhood.
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