I am a botanical artist living and working in Co. Wicklow, Ireland. All the works featured are in watercolour and pencil. A selection of paintings are available as greetings cards and as limited edition giclee prints. Commissions are welcome if you have a favourite plant or flower that you would like painted. Prices for original work ranges from €250 to €850.
The framed size of the Fuchsia painting above is approximately 25 x 20 cm. It is available for sale at €95
Other more recent work is shown under the 'New Work' heading in the menu bar. Original work, prints and cards are available for sale at the North Wicklow Country Market, Newcastle, Co. Wicklow most Saturday mornings.
BOTANICAL ART CLASSES 2016
I will be running five week botanical art classes through the year on Monday mornings in the Booterstown Parish Centre, South County Dublin.
The classes will be from 11am to 1pm. The cost for the five weeks will be €100. Beginners welcome. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and upcoming starting dates.
I will be teaching a three day course at An Grianan, Termonfeckin, County Louth from the 8th to the 11th of August. See www.an-grianan.ie for details.
I am finally finishing paintings and dissection drawings of two Myrtle plants from Kilmacurragh Botanic Gardens. All going well they will be published in Curtis Botanical Magazine this year. I am also working on a lovely old climbing rose 'Mermaid'. This was one of Monet's favourites and still grows on the front of his house in Giverney.
I have also attempted painting some lichen from an old Sycamore tree that came down in one of the earlier storms this year. I wasn't altogether happy with the result so have put the painting away for a few weeks and hopefully it will have improved hugely when I look at it again!
UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS IN 2016
The Irish Society of Botanical Artists have launched their new project which will culminate in a book and exhibition in late 2016. We will be painting new Irish introductions (such as Cornus capitata 'Kilmacurragh Rose') in association with the Irish Garden Plant Society. This promises to be a great project. I am enjoying working on Agapanthus 'Kilmurry white' which was bred by Paul Woods from Kilmurry Nursery.
Following the success of the exhibition 'Kilmacurragh through the Artist's Eye' held in the Botanic Gardens last year, The Jameson family of Tourin House in Co. Waterford have invited various artists to visit their garden to draw and paint the plants, views and vistas of the garden. A group exhibition of this work will be held in late 2016. I am very pleased to be part of this project and have already begun two paintings, one of a Rhododendron and another of an Iris.
PLANT FAIRS 2016
Below are listed the plant fairs that I hope to attend in 2016 with prints, cards and original work for sale.
Saturday 12th March, Plant Fair at Angela Jupes, Shinrone
27th & 28th March ISNA Plant Fair, Farmleight, Phoenix Park
Sunday 10th April ISNA Plant Fair, Airfield, Dundrum, Dublin
Sunday 17th April Fota Plant Fair, County Cork
Sunday 24th April Clare Garden Festival, Ennis, County Clare
Sunday 8th May Rare and Special Plant Fair, Russborough House, Blessington, County Wicklow
3rd to 6th June Bloom, Phoenix Park, Dublin
2nd & 3rd July Galway Garden Festival, Claregalway
Saturday 10th July Blarney in Bloom
14th August Farmleigh Plant Fair
August 2016 Ballymaloe Garden Festival
11th September ISNA Plant Fair, Fota, Co. Cork.
November 2016 Ballymaloe Craft Fair