I am a Dublin-based artist who originally qualified as an architect. Having worked both as an architect and artist for several years, I finally ceased practising architecture in 2009 and now work full-time as an artist. I have exhibited in several group shows and three solo exhibitions.
Much of my work is based on the theme of Creation – exploring our origins, the relationship between the human and the cosmos, and the interconnectedness of everything that is manifest. The work is in complete contrast to the structured work I was involved with as an architect. Ethereal and otherworldly, it hovers between reality and dreamscapes. The images, though often resonant of sky and seascapes, are more surreal and imaginary. My aim is to bring the viewer to the edge and encourage them to look beyond the everyday into the mysterious. The work is extremely important to me as a way of expressing a deep spiritual connection and personal philosophy in a way that I hope can also resonate with others.
I have always been captivated by vibrant colour. Oils, acrylics, plaster, wool, man-made fabrics and other media are used to create the surreal imagery where gold leaf or gold pigment is glimpsed through the paintwork. The aim is to draw the viewer into the deepest layers of the painting – a symbolic exploration into the gold or divine essence within each one of us.