I am a self taught artist, living in Co.Westmeath in Ireland. I am influenced by people, places and stories that touch my life and leave a mark on my soul.
I paint using primarily oils and mix in various substances to create texture, depending on the piece I am creating. To date most of my work has been carried out using a pallet knife rather than a brush, although I do at times experiment with brush stroke. I love to take a feeling, an emotion,or a story someone shared and work with it on canvas to capture it in colour.
Texture is important to me and I love to close my eyes and run my fingers over the piece when it's dry and enjoy how the painting feels.
In April 2010 I set up a temporary art gallery at the Garden Centre in Delvin, Co.Westmeath along with Dave O'Shea who now runs The Chimera Gallery in Mullingar.
'The Garden Gallery'
was officially opened by Graham knuttel on Oct 23rd 2010 and became a permanent feature. In 2014 the garden centre was closed to concentrate solely on the gallery and it has been renamed 'Purple Raven Art'
and now proudly hosts the work of many artists and local and Irish craft work. http://purpleravenart.com
. I currently run pallet knife painting workshops at Purple Raven Art gallery in Co. Westmeath
My paintings were reproduced on panels as part of the award winning Calor Gas garden in Bloom in the phoenix park 2014, designed by Dawn Aston.
In February 2015 one of my birch tree pieces was chosen by Architect
Dermot Bannon to feature in RTE's 'Room to improve'.
My work has been published in a cookery book, in aid of The Scoop Foundations charity fundraising. Scoop are a non profit Irish organisation, building schools and futures for impoverished children in Cambodia and India.
Since launching my work in 2009, my art has found it's way into many private collections here in Ireland, around Europe and as far as Antigua, The Cayman Islands and South Africa. It also made it's way to the walls of O' Farrell Gallery, Port Chester in New York.
My work has been presented in International Contemporary Masters published by World Wide Art Books and in International Contemporary Artists published by ICA publishing.
Enjoy browsing through my art.
'And the crow once called the raven black'~ August 24th 2019 at Purple Raven Art
Into the forest I go - Solo exhibition at Purple Raven Art. August 18th 2018.
Incognito - Group exhibition of over 1000 artists in aid of the Jack and Jill Children's Foundation 6th of April 2018
Christmas Exhibition at Purple Raven Art 2017
Summer exhibition at Purple Raven Art - September 2017
November 18th-20th Edinburgh Art Fair 2016 with the Chimera Gallery
July 16th 2016, Alchemy of the Artist, at Purple Raven Art (group exhibition)
November 13th-15th 2015, Edinburgh Art Fair with The Chimera Gallery
November 7th 2015..."Food is symbolic of love when words
are inadequate." at Purple Raven Art
September 2015, group exhibition with the Scoop Foundation at Third Space café in Smithfield. (This is a group exhibition with all the works being auctioned for charity in conjunction with a cookery book launch containing all the art images & recipes put together by artists)
June 27th 2015, group exhibition 'Soul spirit' at Purple Raven Art
July12th 2014, group exhibition 'strong women' at Purple Raven Art.
July 28th 2014, group summer exhibition, Chimera gallery Mullingar
May 2014 Exhibiton 'Across the pond'in Purple Raven Art gallery for charity.
Novemebr 8th-10th 2013, Art source at the RDS in Ballsbridge.
September 20th 2013. Exhibition of 'bog bodies' The garden gallery.(culture night).
August 2013 O'Farrell Gallery, Port Chester, New York.
June 28th-30th 2013 The peoples art exhibition Stephens Green, Dublin.
May 2013 The peoples art exhibition Stephens green , Dublin.
November 8th-11th 2012 RDS Art Fair, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 with 'The Garden Gallery'.
September 21st 2012 Exhibition 'Larry'. The Garden Gallery, Crowenstown, Delvin.
August 2012 Summer show. The Doorway gallery, South Frederick street, Dublin
May 17th-20th 2012 St Michael's house, Goats town.
November 4th-6th 2011 RDS Art Fair, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 with 'The Garden Gallery'.
October 26th-30th 2011 London-Hamstead at The Affordable Art Fair. Stand H2 with 'The Doorway Gallery'
September 15th -25th 2011 Nutgrove Arts Festival, hosted by The Doorway Gallery, South Frederick Street, Dublin.
August 4th-31st 2011 The Emer Gallery, Belfast. Open Group Exhibition
July 2011 -The Doorway Gallery South Frederick street, Dublin
May 13th-15th 2011 St. Michael's House Annual Fundraising Art Exhibition (one of Dublin's premier exhibition’s) St. Michael's House, Willowfield Park, Goatstown Dublin 14.
May 1st 2011 - Group exhibition at Garradrimina book fair with 'The Garden Gallery'
April 2011- The Doorway Gallery, South Frederick Street, Dublin
Jan-Dec 2011 The Garden Gallery, Crowenstown, Delvin, Co.Westmeath
Dec 2010- Group exhibition. The Bad Art Gallery 'Annual Christmas Show' , 79 Francis Street, Dublin8.
Nov 2010- Selected Group Exhibition at 'The Annual Blackrock Hospice Art Exhibition', in Blackrock Hospice, Sweetman’s Avenue, Blackrock on Sat 6th & Sunday 7th of Nov.
Oct 2010 - Solo Exhibition "Hand in hand with my Father" in The Garden Gallery Crowenstown, Delvin, Co.Westmeath
July 2010- Group Exhibition. ‘Summer Show 2010’, The Bad Art Gallery, 79 Francis Street, Dublin 8.
July 2010 - juried on line exhibition, selected to the top 30 chosen to exhibit on line during july with project 30 (New York)
June 2010 - Juried on line exhibition, selected to the top 30 chosen to exhibit on line during June with project30 (New York)
May 2nd 2010- Group exhibition in Delvin, Co.Westmeath at the 'Garradrimna' book fair.
March 2010 - Juried on line exhibition, selected to the top 30 chosen to exhibit on line during March with project30 (New York)
March 2010 - Selected Group Exhibition. 'Women Building Bridges' Eden Place Arts Centre, Rosville Street, Derry.
Dec 2009 - Selected Group Exhibition. 'The Art Fair', The Nora Dunne Gallery, Kimmage Road West, Dublin
Dec 2009-Group exhibition. 'Dalgony Exhibition'
Dec 2009 - Solo Exhibition. 'This Dance Called Life', The Greville Arms Hotel, Mullingar, Co.Westmeath
Dec 2009 - Selected Group Exhibition. 'Midlands Artist Exhibition', Mullingar Arts Centre, Market house gallery, Market Square, Co.Westmeath
August 2009 - Selected Group Exhibition. 'The Journey', The Clock Tower Gallery, Cobh Co. Cork
April 2009 - Group Exhibition. The launch of The Clock Tower Gallery, Cobh, Co Cork
Artist Bursary award 2020 by Wesmeath County Council
Artist Bursary award 2019 by Westmeath County Council
Artist Bursary award 2018 by Westmeath County Council
Artist Bursary award 2017 by Westmeath County Council
Artist Bursary award 2016 by Westmeath County Council
Artists Bursary award 2015 by Westmeath County Council
Artists Bursary award 2014 by Westmeath County Council
Artists Bursary award 2013 by Westmeath County Council
Artists Bursary award 2012 by Westmeath County Council