Self Portrait in Studio. Oil on canvas. 70cm x 56cm, framed. For sale.  This self portrait, painted in natural light in my studio, gave me several challenges. I was sitting and looking at a mirror with one of the windows behind me. In contrast to the light coming in, the interior and I were comparably dark, so it was initially difficult to find the right colours to ‘translate’ what I was seeing and experiencing.  It was also quite hard at first to decide on a range of colours at a particular…

Self Portrait in Studio. Oil on canvas. 70cm x 56cm, framed. For sale. This self portrait, painted in natural light in my studio, gave me several challenges. I was sitting and looking at a mirror with one of the windows behind me. In contrast to the light coming in, the interior and I were comparably dark, so it was initially difficult to find the right colours to ‘translate’ what I was seeing and experiencing. It was also quite hard at first to decide on a range of colours at a particular…

Self Portrait No 3. Oil on Canvas. 53.5cm x 42cm, framed. In private collection, USA.  Selected for the inaugural exhibition of the DAVY Portrait Awards in Belfast and Dublin, 2008. The painting is really about looking, about how when you look intently at someone or something, everything else seems to go out of focus. The other important aspect is trying to keep faithful to the process of painting, while slowly tightening the definition of the image. I placed the postcards behind me on the…

Self Portrait No 3. Oil on Canvas. 53.5cm x 42cm, framed. In private collection, USA. Selected for the inaugural exhibition of the DAVY Portrait Awards in Belfast and Dublin, 2008. The painting is really about looking, about how when you look intently at someone or something, everything else seems to go out of focus. The other important aspect is trying to keep faithful to the process of painting, while slowly tightening the definition of the image. I placed the postcards behind me on the…

Mary, Seat of Wisdom. Oil on canvas. 124cm x 94 cm. Commissioned by and in collection of University College Dublin Chaplaincy.  I wanted the painting to be somehow contemporary and traditional at the same time. The inspiration and model is my wife, Annette, sitting in our kitchen, but naturally, this is not a portrait of her, but a starting point to something else. I tried to give the image some elements of Mary’s being and life: the profound and the everyday; wisdom and simplicity…

Mary, Seat of Wisdom. Oil on canvas. 124cm x 94 cm. Commissioned by and in collection of University College Dublin Chaplaincy. I wanted the painting to be somehow contemporary and traditional at the same time. The inspiration and model is my wife, Annette, sitting in our kitchen, but naturally, this is not a portrait of her, but a starting point to something else. I tried to give the image some elements of Mary’s being and life: the profound and the everyday; wisdom and simplicity…

The Drama of Electric Light. Oil on canvas. 90cm x 70cm, framed. For sale.  This portrait of my wife, Annette was only done at night time. She’s a great and incredibly patient model! There were three particular sources of light, including coloured lights, which give a strong contrast from Annette to the dresser and objects behind her.

The Drama of Electric Light. Oil on canvas. 90cm x 70cm, framed. For sale. This portrait of my wife, Annette was only done at night time. She’s a great and incredibly patient model! There were three particular sources of light, including coloured lights, which give a strong contrast from Annette to the dresser and objects behind her.

Annette in the Studio. Oil on canvas. 50cm x 50cm, framed. For sale.  This painting of Annette was done in my studio, between late summer and early autumn. I decided to use the square format and placed the edge of the cabinet to her right as a reference point, and as part of the composition. There were some issues to work with, including dealing with the changing light and trying to make the green of her top rich in colour and yet bright enough.

Annette in the Studio. Oil on canvas. 50cm x 50cm, framed. For sale. This painting of Annette was done in my studio, between late summer and early autumn. I decided to use the square format and placed the edge of the cabinet to her right as a reference point, and as part of the composition. There were some issues to work with, including dealing with the changing light and trying to make the green of her top rich in colour and yet bright enough.

Family Portrait, Bray Head. Oil on canvas. 90cm x 70cm, framed. In private collection, Ireland.  I finished this commission in June 2015. The family is standing in front of Bray Head, one of the  most important and beloved landmarks in County Wicklow. The painting was done using five photographs in various poses on a chilly spring day in front of Bray Head, and as I had never met any of the family members (it was a surprise gift for them), the painting was really a process of getting to know…

Family Portrait, Bray Head. Oil on canvas. 90cm x 70cm, framed. In private collection, Ireland. I finished this commission in June 2015. The family is standing in front of Bray Head, one of the most important and beloved landmarks in County Wicklow. The painting was done using five photographs in various poses on a chilly spring day in front of Bray Head, and as I had never met any of the family members (it was a surprise gift for them), the painting was really a process of getting to know…

Pablo. Oil on board. 51cm x 51cm, framed. For sale.  Selected by the Royal Academy (London) for its annual exhibition. Painted during a hot summer’s week. I was trying to capture that intense light, where you almost can’t make things out. The colours defining Pablo (she insisted that’s how you spell her name!) had a deep richness in the shadowy areas, contrasting with the zappy and almost bleached brightness of the areas exposed to the often direct sunlight. The contrast between these really…

Pablo. Oil on board. 51cm x 51cm, framed. For sale. Selected by the Royal Academy (London) for its annual exhibition. Painted during a hot summer’s week. I was trying to capture that intense light, where you almost can’t make things out. The colours defining Pablo (she insisted that’s how you spell her name!) had a deep richness in the shadowy areas, contrasting with the zappy and almost bleached brightness of the areas exposed to the often direct sunlight. The contrast between these really…


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