Where do you belong?

An exhibition of paintings in 2012 at the Cill Rialaig Gallery.

“My inspiration for my paintings always comes from the land. I feel a great connection to the natural environment around me and my paintings can be born of the emotive response to that. I am more concerned with capturing a fleeting glimpse or a mood of the place, almost like gestural drawing, with the landscape elements replaced by dark brooding shapes, mist like glazes or textured objects. In this exhibition, paintings from the last 3 years are combined together, many of them created during my recent residencies at the Cill Rialaig artist retreat or inspired by that place. The landscape out around Ballinskelligs has inspired many artists, with me being no exception. The power of the Atlantic, the huge awesome mountain tops, the ancient relics dotting the fields, the toil of generations on the slopes of hills.. I am always transfixed by the beauty of the Irish landscape; by the rolling farmland around my Kilkenny studio but more by the majestic west coast with all it’s wildness. I am drawn back to my times at Cill Rialaig again and again in my mind. ‘Where do you belong’ is the question I ask myself when I think on my sense of place and my connection with the land. I would like to think that each of the paintings in this exhibition is an answer to that question.”