In my painting practice I tap into my inner world and personal experiences to conjure up strange and unsettling worlds where all is not entirely at ease. Humour, the absurd and private jokes abound in strange unsettling landscapes. Bizarre figures are recurring motifs. They can be viewed as tragi-comic and quasi- philosophical in tone. I strive to communicate a range of thoughts and emotions through the medium of painting.
My work draws from a variety of eclectic influences from ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture. From the classical painting of the 17th century western traditions to the writing of Stephen King and the humourist Ivor Cutler and the stories of James Joyce. I frequently return to motifs and imagery and reuse and rework them into other paintings. I consider my paintings as visual and philosophical problem solving. I always focus on how imagery interacts with the intrinsic qualities of paint, how the paint material moves and how it can be played with. The quality of paint handling, although seemingly casual, is a result of repeated attempts at getting something 'right'.
My work has been included in key international painting exhibitions including the Marmite Painting Prize London , and the BEEP international painting Biennial Swansea as well as part of international private and public collections in Ireland OPW, UCD, Bank of Ireland, Wexford Co.Council,and in private collections in Ireland The UK the USA and Europe.