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I paint for the challenge and joy of being able to express myself through saying something about my environment.

Blending realism and abstraction, I strive with oil or acrylic, knife and brush to convey my excitement and interest in the subject with bold and often contrasting marks, colours and textures.  I find inspiration in unusual aspects of manmade or natural objects and in the field markings, shapes and skies of the natural landscape. While much of my work depicts the timeless scenery of coastal County Donegal, it is also inspired by my travels elsewhere in Ireland, Wales and southern Europe.  

My work is held in private, corporate and public collections including those of Belfast Hospital Trust and the Northern Ireland Government Collection.  It has been included in numerous art shows including nine Royal Ulster Academy annual exhibitions, eight pieces in a group show at Agora Gallery New York earlier this year and three solo exhibitions at the Island Arts Centre Lisburn - where I am due to have a four week solo show opening in late November.  

My paintings have attracted a number of awards but I am particularly proud of the fact that my still lifes took first, second, third and fourth places in their category in the American Art Awards 2016, an international competition juried by 25 museums and galleries across the United States.