I have sustained a lifelong arts practice. There are many branches to the arts, and I appreciate them all, from writing to dance to visual art, craft, and music.
Like many Irish children, my artistic journey began with a crayon and the irresistibly smooth walls of my parent’s house.
For a long time, mostly I created with paint and mixed media on paper and canvas, exhibited across Ireland, and worked as a visual arts tutor.
In 2004 I stopped using oil paint, and environmental art and social arts practice became more important to me.
Pen replaced paintbrush for a few years, and I began facilitating writing groups. That lead me to editing, cover design, and a course in ‘Writing for wellbeing‘. Some of my writing students published their work, and I have edited three miscellanies of poetry and short stories.
My writing has been published by The Irish Independent, Lothlorien poetry journal, Vox Galvia, Pendemic.ie, An Focal, and Stanzas as well as appearing in the Limerick Soviet and Not the Time to be Silent anthologies.
Poetry, however, is best experienced live, and most of all I enjoy spoken word events.
‘Solas’ (2022) was my most recent exhibition of poetry and photography. It followed on from ‘The Pollen Pages’, a collection of my short stories and poems.
My focus is currently on experiments with textiles and writing. Yoga keeps me well and supports my creativity.