Pen & Watercolour
Greystones, Co. Wicklow (2014)
Acrylic on canvas board 24"x12" (61x30cm). I often walk along this seafront in Greystones and marvel at the ever-changing moods of the sea and the powerful tidal currents.
Grafton Street, Dublin (2014)
Acrylic on canvas 30"x24" (76x61cm). A loose palette knife treatment, concentrating on the colour and energy generated by shopping crowds in the Street.
Rouen Cathedral (2012)
Acrylic on canvas 20"x20" (51x51cm). I visited the cathedral still with Monet in mind, as a few hours early I had been walking round Monet's Garden with other tourists. This painting was completed in the studio from photo's.
Acrylic on canvas 30"x24" (76x61cm). The composition of this painting is divided into 4 elements comprising the sea, the town, the hillside and the sky. It is my attempt to create a harmony of tone and colour between these different elements.
Whalley Viaduct and Nab (2014)
Acrylic on canvas 30x20in (76x51cm). I walked the banks of the River Calder since my youth, so the view is well-known to me. The Viaduct is an amazing structure faced with Accrington Brick. I think back to the construction days when work gangs constructed arches which differ in size and detail. I have tried to represent a winter scene on a cold, clear day in this painting.
Acrylic on canvas 30x20in (76x51cm). Skipool Creek is a tidal part of the River Wyre in the Lancashire Fylde district. Boat forms and a sense of marine, are my starting point for the simple composition of this painting.
Manhatten, United Nations Plaza
Acrylic on canvas 24"x36" (61x92cm). My approach to this painting was to balance blocks of colour in a more traditional format to achieve the overall effect.
Walt Disney Opera House, LA
Pen and watercolour on paper. 20"x16" (51x40cm). I visited the Opera House on a hot day, with the heat bouncing off the empty sidewalks. Not the sort of Irish day I am familiar with! An interesting building for an architect to contemplate. My drawing and painting, endeavours to capture the essence of the structure in unlikely shape and colour.
Venice Beach (2008)
Acrylic on canvas 48"x36" (122x91cm). When I walked along the promenade at Venice Beach, I was impressed by the tall and skinny palm trees and the fluorescent lights. This led me to purchase a set of Golden Brand paints and a desire to experiment with bright colours. This painting represents my first experiment with these paints.