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Swell was inspired by a windy evening in Quilty. Lakeland was inspired by Co. Westmeath lakes. Even though I trained as a teacher and taught very happily for many years, I continued my love of art by taking courses with some excellent tutors and by exhibiting my work with several art groups. Having battled Multiple Sclerosis for ten years, I finally resigned from my beloved teaching and decided to concentrate on my art, which I greatly enjoy. I tell people about this to give hope to so many young people who are faced with an MS diagnosis and feel, like I once did, that their world is about to come crashing down upon them.
A native of Co. Clare, now living in Westmeath, I find that most of my inspiration comes from the deep emotional bond I feel with the landscape, and the sea in all its moods.
One of my favourite poets, William Wordsworth, explained that his poetry was the result of 'emotion recollected in tranquillity'. I like to think of my artwork in a similar way ; when I see something that I want to paint, I like to photograph it, sketch it sometimes, let it distil in my memory for a while and then try to show not only my personal response but also to evoke an emotional response in the viewer. I like to hope that the viewer can place himself or herself at the scene. I rarely include people or animals in my paintings. Working in acrylic and oils, my brush strokes, texture and colour all play their part in what is usually a semi abstract response to the original departure point.