Hello, and thank you for visiting my website. I am a photographer and artist based in County Sligo, Ireland, where the abundance of natural beauty is a constant source of inspiration. My family home is situated in South Sligo, near the Caves of Keash and Carrowkeel mountain, two incredible places to walk steeped in local history. We have a two story stone house that we renovated including a large art studio and gardens with a vegetable patch and greenhouse.
I love to walk, cycle and swim in the ocean, this area is rich in mountains, seascapes and woodlands, where I get my daily infusion of clean fresh air, beauty, and exercise! My Canon 760D travels with me and I am always chasing light, poised to capture unusual and fleeting moments in time. The ordinary or bland doesn't demand my attention....I wait until the conditions present me with something unique, fluid, dynamic, ethereal or sublime.
Water fascinates me, as it expresses itself, ever moving, changing and flowing. There is something mesmerizing about the rhythmic fluctuations of reflections, ripples, waves, ice, frost and I am impelled to record these temporal designs and patterns of light that can evoke a feeling of tranquility. On the contrary the energy of raging storms and turbulent seas is invigorating, and drives me to capture the drama and ferocity along the coastline with my 300 ml lens and waterproofs.
'Water pulls on me the way the moon pulls on it.
Its just in my blood and bones.
It makes me feel alive in a deep calm way.
It sort of brings me in.' (Rosenbaum L.)
Getting up close with my macro lens can reveal the true intricacies of natural patterns and designs found in plant structures, ice formations, frogspawn, horses eyes, jellyfish, insects, rockpools, fossils and so on.
Abandoned buildings and dwellings that can be found all over the country side also intrigue me, lost in time and reclaimed by nature. It is often as if the occupants have just left, with clothes, furniture and objects still in place, colourful paint peeling off the walls and doors, ivy growing through the windows and net curtains, a kettle hanging on the trivet in the fireplace, and matches on the window sill next to an old shopping list.
I practice a light approach to post-processing, as I want to keep the integrity of the photographs as they were taken. I print my images on Hahnemuhle fine art paper, as the result is high quality, no shine, with a slight texture to the surface and a depth to the ink colours.
I have displayed my work in group exhibitions , including;
2022 Bealtaine Solo Exhibition 'Solace' Markieviez House , Sligo
2019 Cairde Visual The Model Arts Centre Sligo
2018 Boyle Arts Festival Open Exhibition Boyle
2018 'Rún' A5 Exhibition The Hyde Bridge Gallery Sligo
2017 Cairde Visual The Model Arts Centre Sligo
2017 The Christmas Open Exhibiton The Dock Carrick On Shannon
2017 A5 Exhibition Galway Arts Centre Galway
My work has also been displayed for sale in;
2018 Just Art It, Dominick Street, Galway,
2018 The Art Show, Rathcormack, Sligo
2019 The New Art Gallery, Johnston's Court, Sligo
2019 Crafted Christmas market In Galway Arts Centre
Honors Degree Fine Art , Sligo I.T. -2013
Certificate in the Principles of Art Therapy , Crawford College of Art - 2014
Fetac 3 & 6 Digital Photography , Sligo VEC. 2016
PLC Art and Design , Sligo V.E.C.- 2009
Foundation Art and Design, Oxford Polytechnic. -1989