Everything is waiting for you
Acrylic on gesso board
Everything is waiting for you was painted on Abbeyside beach looking out at the Atlantic. It was such a calm and peaceful evening, I have always loved this place and walked it several times a week when I was growing up there. I have included the Ring Gaeltacht, peninsula, where my father was from and the gold coast on the left, what resonates for me is the spirit of these places. a sense of contentment as I look out to sea.
My paintings have to do with the impermanence of life, a sensibility that resonates from a place, and the nostalgia that surfaces when I return or remember. The results are compositions based on the landscape which evoke in the viewer an emotional experience of light, colour, and nostalgia for a simpler time. I create work that both acknowledges loss and is uplifting.
I layer acrylic paint onto the canvas in the studio. I enjoy the push and pull of the painting to be in control enough not to be in control at all, to have a dialogue with the work, and to let myself go with it. I want the texture to suggest an intimate engagement with the surface. With subsequent layers, I see what I want to retain, omit, and emphasize. I use titles to engage with the audience, which leads the viewer to discover more and see the magic for themselves.