"The more I have painted along the
West Coast of Ireland, the more I have become aware of the way
the skies affect the landscape, change its moods and dictate the
traditional way of life of its people. In many of my later paintings
the horizons have dropped lower and lower, the landscapes have
somehow become less important than the skies. The huge variety
of cloud formations are of constant interest, sometimes even dark
foreboding clouds have brilliant light glinting from behind them,
which gives me a terrific visual buzz."
"Many of my Irish paintings are along
the coastal edge, some with rock-pools left behind as the tide
recedes and others with evening skies reflected in the water. The
varying stages of the tide generate terrific changes and as a knife
painter it allows me to use a wide variety of dragging and scumbling
techniques to create textures and surface movements."
“I thrive on
contrasts in my life and in my painting and after the fiery
landscapes of the Mediterranean, I found the West Coast of
Ireland to have a totally different kind of romanticism for
me. Its culture, music and literature have a deep appeal and
in 2003 I was deeply privileged to be invited, with a group
of Irish artists, to exhibit my paintings of the Blasket Islands,
which are situated off the coast of The Dingle, in the Blasket
Centre at the end of the peninsula."
- Early Morning Light - 36" x 40" 91cm x 102cm
"In Ireland I have often had to
draw quickly and with great urgency, because the weather seems
to change more quickly than any other place I have worked. Many
of my drawings are splashed with rain, as I struggled to complete
interpretations of the landscape with pen & wash and watercolour."