Panorama of Western Alps
Watercolour on paper 30 x 50 cm
I spent decades living and climbing in the Italian Alps, but I am still left breathless by the scale, colour and purity of the panorama-view from high in their peaks.
A3 watercolour on paper
In the cracks of the rock cliff beside our old home was a large colony of lizards. Our cat Merlin often caught them, bringing them to the door and letting them scuttle back to safety once their tails had come off and gave her something twitching to play with.
It takes them a few months for to regrow their tails so I hope, since we moved away, they've all been less harassed!
Cormorant on the Ilen River
A3 Watercolour on paper
These lovely birds are often seen on the rivers and inlets in West Cork, spreading their wings wide to dry their feathers in the sun and breeze.
A3 Watercolour on paper
Bright, beautiful little birds which dart about. I hope I have managed to catch their quick intelligence here.
Silver Cup and Cherries
Watercolour- mounted 42x35 cm
I often copy the work of master-painters, re-interpreting and changing details as I work. This has its origins in Chardin and I used the piece to explore his use of warm and cold colour.
Felix The Calico Cat
Watercolour on Paper A4 size
This is an initial watercolour
which I later copied and slightly altered for a larger version used by Impi Ireland to become a design for one of their most popular greeting cards.
It is close to my heart because the cat it depicts is the first one I ever owned, Felix, my independent shadow.
Tempera on Canvas 40.5X30.5 cm
Working at Mizen Head for the Mizen Tourism Co-operative, I often see seals and their pups swimming and basking and they inspired me to try and capture their playfullness in paint.
Angel's Peak (L'Angelo Grande) 25.5 X 35.5 cm w'col
One of the minor peaks in the Ortles Range. I was fascinated by the wave-like effect of the hanging glacier. The peak used to host a controverstial, murderous downhill route for winter skiers. Euro 295
Rocks at Barleycove
I have always been inspired by the almost abstract construction of rocks and cliff-faces, the cracks and strata, moss and shadows. These rocks at Barleycove Beach, West Cork, bring those contrasts together.
Ancient Altar Tomb
250mm x 320mm
Mounted on A3
Pre-Christian Dolman Tomb in County Clare. I have tried to paint this in a modern way, while keeping the power and mystery of the ancient burial site.
Irish Celtic Round Tower
A4 Watercolour on Paper
The most famous is in Glendalough but these unique ancient Celtic stone sanctuaries stood across Ireland in the Dark Ages. Monks and Scholars once scrambled up rope ladders to the only openings in the very top, taking their treasured manuscripts with them to stay safe from Viking invaders.
I have painted this ancient structure in a Fauvist way which I hope still preserves its feeling as an immortal, by now almost organic, part of the landscape.
Branches on the Riverbank
Watercolour on paper
26 X 35 cm
Walking in the woods near Glengarriff, West Cork, there are a host of details of nature to catch the eye.
When I saw this view along the river-bank, the intricate design of the branches and their reflection in the water below struck me as a beautiful challenge.