Born in Banbridge Co.Down in 1962 and now married with three children, I continue to live in this inspiring part of the country. I have always enjoyed painting and drawing, and as a child received great encouragement from my parents.
I began my formal art training in 1981 at the University of Ulster and graduated with BA honours in illustration in 1985. Since that time I have worked as a freelance illustrator in design, advertising and publishing.
During the 90’s I illustrated a range of children’s educational books for Heinemann – Longman Penguin and others. I have also collaborated with Francesca Simon, one of the UK’s top children’s authors, to produce a very well received picture book called, ‘Don’t be horrid Henry’ for Orion Books. In this period I also undertook a number of private painting commissions, this led to my first solo exhibition in 2001.
Following that, I dedicated myself to painting full time. For me, colour is the motivator. It is the fantastic colour relationships in everyday landscapes that inspire me to paint. Armed with a sketchbook and a camera I enjoy the search for that scene that has to be painted. In the studio, a painting can be arrived at, through the rough sketch, the corner of a photograph, or even the memory of a scene glimpsed. My style has developed so that my work now veers towards the abstract, suggesting more than describing the landscapes, which have inspired them.
Lysaght Gallery – Howth - Dublin
Castle Upton Art Gallery – Templepatrick
Manor Fine Arts – Banbridge
Mc Gilloway Gallery – Derry
Gallery M – Lurgan
Gallery 148 – Holywood Belfast
Waring Gallery – Moira
Lorica - USA
Cong Art Gallery – Cong – Co. Mayo
Tom Caldwell Gallery - Belfast
Java Gallery - Belfast 2001 – Solo exhibition.
Manor Fine Arts – Banbridge 2003 – Solo exhibition
Gallery M – Lurgan 2004 – group shows
Waterfront Hall – Belfast 2004 – ‘In it there is…’ group show
Gallery M – Lurgan 2004 – Three Artists exhibition
Waring Gallery – Moira – Group Shows
Gallery 148 – Holywood 2005 – 3 Group Shows
McGilloway Gallery – Derry - Group Shows
McGilloway Gallery – Derry 2005 – Solo Exhibition
McGilloway Gallery – Derry 2006 – Solo Exhibition
Lorca Gallery - USA – Group Show
Europa Hotel Belfast 2007– ‘Speech Matters’ – Solo Exhibition