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There are many forms in which an artist works: for me my work has been primarily based on incidents in time with my son Sean whose energy and dynamism have informed my painting and photography. He has been the inspiration for my works and through photography and paint I have highlighted incidents in time which will never re-occur.

The theme of my work arose one day while walking along the River Lagan in Belfast. Sean, on discovering a sheet of paper on the ground, decided to make a paper boat, which he placed on the water. This to me was significant as Sean had now left his mark on the river, I photographed the incident which I knew would be good subject for a painting.

In my final degree year as a student of Fine & Applied Art one of my paintings was selected as the winner of  the inaugural 'Art of Nurture' competition, from all third level art colleges throughout Ireland. 

The challenge was to provide a piece of visual art which would support and illustrate the theme ‘Leading the Way’.

The award ceremony was presided over by Education and Science Minister Mary Hanafin in Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. I was presented with a cheque for €4,500 and a trophy with the equivalent for the University of Ulster, Belfast. I also received a placement at the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin for two weeks in the Conservation Department and I found this experience to be  invaluable.

My winning painting was included as representing Ireland at a competition and award ceremony held in London on the 24 April, 2008 at 'La Galleria' Pall Mall, London.  http://www.commercialfinance.ie/art-of-nurture/. This painting is now in the art collection of Lloyds TSB Bank in Piccadilly, London

 

 

 

 

The theme of my work arose one day while walking along the River Lagan in Belfast. Sean, on discovering a sheet of paper on the ground, decided to make a paper boat, which he placed on the water. This to me was significant as Sean had now left his mark on the river, I photographed the incident which I knew would be good subject for a painting.

The competition received widespread publicity through local and national radio, television, and press, with the highlight being invited as a guest to appear on 'The Late Late' Show, on RTE television for a live interview with presenter Pat Kenny.

 

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