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I'm from Enniskerry in Co. Wicklow and I've lived in Galway since 1991. Although I have a Masters from NUIG in Geology (2003), there was never any doubt in my mind that I would be drawing forever, and I'm lucky enough to draw pretty much daily. All the work I sell is painted from life, and I never use photos or touch a piece after I've left the location, as I find that the energy in a painting has no equivalent in a photo - it's a different medium.
I'm an active member of the global Urban Sketchers community and in 2014 will feature in the literature of Gabi Campanario, the founder of the Urban Sketching movement. I will also feature in acclaimed artist/author Cathy Johnson's next volume with North Light Books, about on-location sketching, and I'm often to be seen sketching on the streets of Galway city and county, regardless of weather conditions. Other than that I have produced the illustrations for five books for children since 2006. Currently (2014) I am writing and illustrating my first book for children called Crocodiva.
I wrote and illustrated a graphic short story, Four Legs Bad, in 2012, and I have written and illustrated a full-length graphic memoir called Zen and the Art of Sketching, about finding peace through live sketching while on sabbatical in Mauritius, which will be published in 2015. I am also available for landscape and portrait commissions. No photos.