Shine in the winter sky. 2021

Shine In The Winter Sky

Acrylic on canvas

20×24 inches


Shine in the winter sky was painted looking out at the Atlantic from Dungarvan bay. I have included the Ring Gaeltacht, peninsula, where my father was from and Abbeyside church on the left, what resonates for me is the spirit of these places.

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.  I used perspective to draw the audience in. the bright colours give an uplifting feeling to the painting. Even in our darkest days, there are moments of joy. 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.