Definitely a late bloomer, I came to (or came back to) art in my mid-thirties. After leaving school in 1991 I studied Animation Drawing Skills in Ballyfermot College of Art in Ireland. Then somehow in 1993 I stumbled into the printing industry where I worked full-time until 2007. Leaving that behind, I returned to my first loves – art and creativity. I am a firm believer in the positive effects of personal creative expression no matter what the medium, and this is something I try to exercise every day. I draw most days and keep always keep a sketchbook nearby (I am up to double figures now in my growing sketchbook collection).
My favourite creative activity is to paint large outdoor and commission murals and I have many graffiti/street artist friends whom I enjoy collaborating with and learning from. My main artistic loves are ink drawing, digital illustration, acrylic painting and mixed-media collages – or a mixture of all!
To date I have had five solo shows in Dublin-based galleries; SOUL BROTHERS at The Icon Factory (July 2011), IT JUST POPPED OUT at The White Lady Art Gallery (March 2013), BLUES FOR YOU at The Icon Factory (Dec 2013), MINDFULLMESS (a collaboration exhibition) at The White Lady Art Gallery (July 2014) and BIRDIES at The Icon Factory (October 2015).
I am a founding member of The Blind Elephant Illustration Collective who run our own illustration blog and have had several group shows in galleries in Dublin and Belfast including the prestigious gallery in Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. You can read about Blind Elephant here.
I am also a keen supporter of and a part-time volunteer at The Icon Factory Artist Co-Operative that is based in the tourist hub of Dublin in Temple Bar. We help support local artists through commission-free exhibition space and help promote Irish culture through art and education. Find out more about The Icon Factory here.
From 2010 to 2015 I set-up and managed the Facebook Page – Dublin Urban Art which specialised in photographing, documenting and promoting street art and graffiti in (although not confined to) Dublin. I managed to take over 30,000 photographs of all types of graffiti and street art mainly around Dublin. In June 2015 with the support and help from many of the Irish based graffiti and street artists Dublin Urban Art had a photographic exhibition IN DUBLIN’S FAIR CITY with proceeds from all sales going to two charities (RADE and The Fountain Youth Project). Check out Dublin Urban Art on Facebook.