Gold Coast, Dungarvan. 2021

Gold Coast

Acrylic on gesso board

10×16 inches

€4o0

This painting, Gold Coast, was started 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. and the memories they hold for me.

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.