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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.  I am an Irish painter influenced by the works I have seen of great European painters such as Van Gogh, Matisse, Chaim Soutine and Max Beckmann. 

My work is held in private and public collections including those of Belfast Hospital Trust and the Northern Ireland Government Collection.  It has been included in many artshows including nine Royal Ulster Academy annual exhibitions, a group show in Manhattan 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.