Between a Rock and the Hard Place


This series of encaustic paintings is an ode to my deep connection to the landscape of the West coast of Ireland and its unapologetic Beauty.

The naked shores, the twisted trees, the deep cracks and the ruggedness of the stones.

I am particularly interested in the geological processes that have built up layer overtime, layers of the past that the harsh weather is slowly breaking down and revealing overtime.

I think of my art process very much akin to those geological processes

Like the natural forces that shape the landscape and the skyscape, each painting goes through numerous stages of building up, construction, destruction, growth, and decay.

As the paintings go through the physicality of what could be akin to an archaeological process, layers of pigmented beeswax are built up, scrapped back while cooled, scored, and shaped, creating highly tactile surfaces.

Remnants of what has come before are left as a new landscape unfold.

there is no resolution or end point, just process.