I was born in Dublin and I trained as an artist at the National College of Art and Design, graduating in 1985. Despite some success at first I had to face the fact that I wasn't going to make a living as an artist. I had always loved science and mathematics and I studied Applied Science at DIT and eventually went on to do a Ph.D. in Mathematics at UCD. I now work as a Mathematics Lecturer at IT Tallaght and I love the whole process of communicating Mathematics to my students.
Training to be a mathematician meant that I made no art for about twelve years. I thought I had given it up altogether, but then in 2002 art came back and rapidly took very firm hold of me! I have attended various short courses since then, and some very inspiring teachers have shown me that Art College didn't teach me as much as might have! I think this humbling realisation that there were things I needed to learn, together with the discovery that there were artists who had something valuable to teach me, has helped my work to get better.
When I left NCAD I thought my art education was finished, but in 2002, having almost completely given up art-making for over ten years (while I studied Mathematics), I got started again with a bronze casting summer course at NCAD with Vivian Hansbury. Doing a taught course in bronze casting didn't bother me though: I'd never done bronze casting before, so I knew I had plenty to learn.
I had always loved life drawing while I was at art college and had done none since, so I was tempted to do a life painting summer course. In this case I felt I knew what I was doing already and I was hoping to be left alone to draw and paint the model. The tutor on that course was Ann Lynch and I discovered that actually she had quite a lot to teach me! I went on to do a lot of taught courses and started to wonder why I hadn't been taught any of what I was learning now when I was at art college. I'm still interested in courses and workshops, but while I was once interested in anything that allowed me to draw a life model I'm a lot choosier about tutors now.
|June 2012||RHA/RCS Anatomy workshop with Alan McGowan|
|2011||Life painting in Oil: a workshop with Will Nathans|
|2002-2011||NCAD part-time courses (evening and summer) in Bronze Casting, Life Drawing, Life Painting and Sculpture Making|
|2005-2007||RHA Drawing Series, Drawing Marathon (Summer 2006)|
|2004-2005||DLIADT part-time courses (evening and summer) Life Drawing and Life Painting with Cecily Brennan: very practical and inspiring at the same time!|
|1980-1985||National College of Art and Design: Degree in Fine Art (Painting)|
|2013||132nd Annual Royal Ulster Academy Exhibition, Ulster Museum (one work)|
|2011||130th Annual Royal Ulster Academy Exhibition, Ulster Museum (two works)|
|1993||Collection of Vincent and Noeleen Ferguson, RHA Gallagher Gallery|
|1990||The Glass Pier Show, Dun Laoghaire Arts Week|
|National Portrait Competition|
|1989||National Portrait Competition|
|1988||Phoenix Art, Phoenix Park Racecourse|
|Dun Laoghaire Street Show, Dun Laoghaire Arts Week|
|Group Show, 5A Artworks, Dun Laoghaire|
|1987||Art Fair, Temple Bar Studios|
|Group Show, Solomon Gallery|
|A Place of Work: a travelling exhibition of work by artists from New Art Studios|
|1986||Studio '86, Temple Bar Studios|
|NCAD Decade Show, Guinness Hop Store|
|Group Show, Solomon Gallery|
|Collection of Vincent Ferguson, National Concert Hall|