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'River Run, 100 x 120 cms at the Royal Academy Summer/Winter Exhibition, London, 2020

(Private Collection UK)

River Pool, 100 x 120 cms at the Royal Academy Summer/Winter Exhibition, London, 2020

(Private Collection UK)


I am an Irish artist based in Northern Ireland where I have been painting full-time since 2005, the year I moved from Dublin to Bangor, Co. Down.

Prior to that, I attended IADT in Dublin (Dun Laoghaire College of Art & Design) in the 1990's as a mature student, having made the break from full-time employment in office administration.

Since graduating in 1997,  I have had several solo exhibitions in Ireland (Belfast, Dublin, Cork) and have participated in group shows and juried exhibitions. 

My Current Work: 


I am using The Hundred Day Project to help me develop a series of paintings exploring landscape close to and along side waterways in my local area.   The painting process develops through experimenting with photo-collage, paper collage, acrylic ink and drawing with a range of materials including carbon paper, pastels and acrylic markers.

If you would like to receive occasional emails about new work please message me through my Contact page.


Awards include:


Arts Council of Northern Ireland SIAP

(2019, 2016)

Paul Henry Landscape Award at the Royal Ulster Academy Belfast

(2006 and 2014)

Northern Ireland Towry Award National Open Art UK

(2015, 2014)

Ballinglen Arts Foundation (Fellowship)

Custom House Studios Exhibition & Studio Award (Westport, Co. Mayo)

Cill Rialaig Artist Retreat (Co. Kerry)

Heinrich Boll Residency, Achill Island (Co. Mayo)

Previous Projects/Exhibitions

2019 - 'Transience'

Solo Show at Solomon Fine Art Dublin

2017 - 'Garden of Delights'

Solo Show at Ards Arts Centre, Northern Ireland

2017 - 'Botanic'

Solo Show at Hammond Gallery Skibbereen, Co. Cork

2015 - 'Secret Garden'

Solo Show at Solomon Fine Art Dublin

2013 - 'An Invented Land'

Solo Show at Hammond Gallery, Glengarriff,  Co. Cork

2009 - 'Discovering Ballinglen'

Solo Show at Mullan Gallery Belfast

2007 - 'Return'

Solo Show at Mullan Gallery Belfast

2003 - 'Living Layer'

Solo Show/Residency, Custom House Gallery, Westport, Co. Mayo

1997 - National Diploma in Fine Art (Merit)

Dun Laoghaire College of Art & Design, Dublin


Irish Business & Employers Confederation Dublin (IBEC)

Druids Glen Resort, Ireland

Office of Public Works (OPW) State Art Collection, Ireland  

Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS) 

Department of Finance & Personnel, Northern Ireland

Ballinglen Museum of Contemporary Art  

Four Seasons Hotel Dublin   

Park Avenue Hotel Belfast (Commission) 

Boyle Civic Collection, Co. Roscommon  

Allied Irish Bank Ireland  

Westport Town Council, Co. Mayo

Phoebe Fox & Kyle Soller (UK) (Commission)

DJ Annie Mac (UK)


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