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My Inspiration

In Seamus Heaney’s beautiful poem Postscript, he talks about how we hurry through life, seldom stopping to truly take in the force and beauty of nature.

“Useless to think you’ll park and capture it

More thoroughly. You are neither here nor there

A hurry through which known and strange things pass.”

Perhaps it is my oppositional defiance* that I use my abstract artwork to attempt to achieve the impossible:  to hold the beauty of a moment of explosive energy in space in time.

*I confronted and cured myself of crippling arachnophobia and bought a tarantula to celebrate!

Burren karst landscape

My inspiration for my abstract paintings comes from the power of the natural world, so rich and varied here in County Clare, Ireland.


I think of the ancient Burren:  a rugged Karst landscape, thousands of years old, that has been shifted, shaped and sculpted by ice and wild Atlantic weather. Cracked, craggy and creased. 


I think of the gnarled, twisted and intricate arms of our oldest trees, stretching up into the dark skies, blown and buffeted. I imagine the natural forces that have formed and perfected these wonders and try to express this with each of my creations.  

Gallery - Inspiration

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