I am an Irish born artist. I came to Bristol in 1997 to do my fine art degree; at the completion of my study I became pregnant and had a son who is autistic. I found having to care for my son’s special needs left me reeling for a while even though he is a bundle of joy his needs have taught me never to take anything for granted. We both enjoy many hours of painting and he likes to be included in my work. He drew a picture on the back of one of my paintings when he was very young so he has left his mark and he is very happy with that. I started adding fashion in to my paintings a couple of year ago. Then I did a diploma in fashion and design. I came back to my paintings and it grew from there. I never know what I am going to paint it is usually subconscious. I start the work and it takes on a life of its own. It is always done instinctively. I always have a struggle half way through the work and the challenge is to get to the other side of it. A painting isn’t finished till I love it. I am constantly surprised when it’s done to me it’s a bit like giving birth.I love working in oils I have worked in other medium but oils are favored by me. In these paintings I have combined my love of painting with oils and my love of fashion. I use anything I find. I am a bit of a magpie, I search all the time for things to use in my work and so does my son. He constantly comes home with things he finds on his travels to help in my work.I have noticed I have got more elaborate experimenting with textile and jewels more and more. I learn something new everyday.
I am very excited about my work considering where it will take me next. I hope you enjoy it too and can get a sense of the love and joy that has gone into this work.