Since my return from Berlin, I’ve been really struck by the Irish skies and change of light (perhaps something you don’t notice as much when you live here permanently). My eyes were drawn again and again by the sheer scale of the landscape and beauty and vastness of the sky. I began (rather obsessively) to document scenes and this has led on from creating miniature worlds and people while I lived in an urban landscape, to instead responding to the wider landscape around me when I moved to a more rural setting. You can read more about my current practice here.
Following on from creating a miniature sculpted figures, I then used them as subject matter for a series of oil paintings.
I had been painting realistic images in a realist style, collaging images together to create one new image a pieces of art. This subsequent series began as a follow-on and retained the collage element, but instead of using realist imagery relied instead on entirely graphic elements built up in layer upon layer of acrylic paint until the completed image returned.
Over time these became more simplified and the colour palette featured a lot of white background in evidence. This more pared down, graphic-style continued on in my illustrative scenes in My Fairytale Life series.
A selection of early paintings which focused on using collaged elements to create a wholly new image.