I continued with more experimentation in recent years, trying out new media and ideas. In April 2017 I attended a workshop with Joanna Kidney in encaustic medium in the RHA. This was a wonderful weekend meeting a lovely group of artist’s most of them beginners in the medium like myself. Joanna is a lovely kind and patient teacher and we all learned a lot. Hot wax is similar to cold wax though more complex technically in its use.
Later in the year I attended a workshop on Chinese calligraphy with Kazuaki Tanahashi. At 83 years of age, he still travels the world giving workshops in his craft….he is an amazing human being! I am now incorporating calligraphy into both the cold and hot wax medium painting. Some of this work was on exhibition in McAuley Place Arts and Culture centre in Naas in March 2022.
In the meantime I am also collaborating with a group called Grid Collective, a small group of three artists comprising a sculptor, kinetic installations and experimental film artist, and two mixed media painters. Our upcoming exhibition is taking place in the Rua Red gallery in Tallaght. It opens on Thursday June 30th 2022 and will run for 4 weeks during cafe opening hours. For more details, check out our group website www.gridcollective.ie