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 schools in Ireland and abroad; holding positions as Head of Art and Director of Art. I worked as specialist youth worker for over 10 years and during that time I designed, delivered and evaluated a number of creative youth work programmes. I co-coordinated the Bray Youths Arts Festival for two years, facilitated youth Culture Night activities and organised two Bray Battle of the Bands competitions for young people. I have also been involved in a variety of other community art projects and was an community 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.
I currently lecture at Technological University Dublin (Blanchardstown) on a number of undergraduate modules, including: Community Arts; Creative Group Facilitation for Young Children; and, Working Creatively with Service Users.
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