Between the Sky and the Ground

May - September 2019

There is a feeling that I crave more and more. I think it comes from living in the city and not being able to see anything but buildings most of the time. I miss the space, I miss the horizon – where the sky meets the ground. There’s a place in Wexford called Raven’s Point that I have been visiting since I was a child. It’s where the edge of the forest is bound in place on the beach. Every time I visit Wexford I take a long walk there and sometimes I can just stand there for hours and soak in the view. I never get tired of it no matter what the weather is. It’s different every time, and every time I see something new. It recharges me, it inspires me, it makes me just want to be still, it gives me space to contemplate. It’s this feeling that I wanted to capture in my work by creating an instinctual response to the landscape before me, to explore connections between the landscape and evoke a sense of belonging.

My practice begins in the landscape with my camera and sketch-book, observing the changing qualities of light and colour at different times of the day in all conditions. I have recently embraced the digital world allowing the manipulation of my photography by incorporating textures and layers into the stills, creating a visual language that relates to my experience of presence within the landscape which often goes on to inform the direction of my paintings.

My paintings have originated from this digital visual language by using the texture of the paint to explore and develop what I’m hoping to convey - being present and of the moment in the landscape. The marks that I make depict the light and texture of the moment, capturing the essence of my surroundings. As the layers of the paintings build up they begin to reflect the fragility and unpredictability of the surrounding landscape in this special place. To recreate my personal experience and to create an evocative and immersive experience that lures the viewer into the piece.

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