I attended the National College of Art and Design (NCAD), Dublin, Ireland and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Art and Design Education (Honours) in 2003. While at NCAD, I specialised in Painting and developed an interest in Dada, Surrealism and Pop Art. My work is influenced by artists, such as, Max Ernst, Dorothea Tanning, Giorgio de Chirico, Frieda Kahlo and Salvador Dalí. I am registered with the Teaching Council of Ireland as a Post-primary Art Teacher (including Crafts).
After my studies at NCAD, I taught Art, Craft and Design in secondary schools in Ireland and abroad; holding positions as Head of Art and Director of Art. I have also been involved in many community art projects and was an adult education art tutor for over 10 years.
Much of my painted work is figurative and based on the imagined rather than the observed. However, I have a strong interest in the human form and life drawing. I enjoy painting landscapes and have a keen interest in photography, in particular, experimenting with light and dark.
I moved somewhat away from the visual arts in recent times and completed a PhD in Sociology. However, I maintain my interest and practice in the visual arts. I occassionally write about art related topics from a sociological perspective.
You can find details on my work as a sociologist here: www.irishsociologyblog.com
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