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I studied Graphic Design at Letterkenny IT and graduated with a Diploma in 1991. In 2005 I studied for an Hons. Degree with the Open University. I love all things visual and began to paint as a way of expressing myself in a visual manner. I work with acrylics on paper and use any found object to make my mark (cds, chopsticks, sticks, brush etc). I work at a fast pace and don't deliberate over where to place the next stroke. I work intuitively and let the creative process take over.
My paintings are not intended to be representational - somehow traits of realism creep into pieces unintentionally. This combination of realism and abstraction make the finished work unique and visually compelling and, I believe, allow the spectator personally engage with the work. The works deliberately seek out an interactive, non-dictatorial relationship with the viewer; it would be wrong and counter-productive to 'illustrate' each work with a supporting text. Rather, I would prefer viewers to supply their own titles, based on their own phenomenological experiences. For this reason I leave my work untitled.
My most recent work (iv, v, vi,vii,viii, xi)came about as a result of a study of objects/items when viewed close-up under a microscope. The resulting imagery took on a graphical quality that is beyond our everyday perception and made the object take on a new reality. This imagery I tried to capture.