New Art Pieces

Today I have added 'On The Hill' and 'The Cut' to my City Narratives gallery of images. They provide birds eye views of Rathfriland and Banbridge, two places close to my heart.

Also I have added 4 new images to my Other gallery, these are 'Solitude' (Rossnowlagh beach), 'The Crossing' (Carrick-a-Rede), 'Dunluce Castle', and 'Dreamscape' (an imagined land).

I hope you like them as much as I have enjoyed creating them.

Busy, busy, busy….

I’ve been moving house, creating art and preparing for craft events. It’s great to be busy but the downside is getting everything done that needs to be done. So apologies that it has taken a while to get my latest images up on my site. Today I am posting ‘Beach Pillars’, ‘Belfast Sightseeing’, ‘Autumn Stroll’ and ‘Boats on Corbet Lough’.

I am also making available three limited edition PoetryArt prints which can be purchased at any of the following craft events I am attending:

  • The Magical Christmas Fair, Belfast Castle, Sun 9th December, 12 to 5pm.

  • The Festive Yuletide Fair, Belmont Hotel, Banbridge, Sat 15th December, 12 to 4pm.

  • Artisans at The Boulevard, Banbridge, Sun 23rd December, 1 to 6pm.

My First Craft Fair Experience

What a wonderful day I had at my first craft fair in @theboulevardbanbridge. The event was organised by @frockaroundtheclockfairs. It was a long cold day but not to worry because it was warmed by all the lovely visitors to my stall and the other crafters/producers attending. Thank you to everyone who bought a print, a card or a copy of my book. Can’t wait for my next one now to meet some more lovely people.

 Boulevard Craft Fair, Banbridge
 Boulevard Craft Fair, Banbridge
 Boulevard Craft Fair, Banbridge
 Boulevard Craft Fair, Banbridge

My next event will be The Magical Christmas Fair at Belfast Castle on Sunday 9th December from 12 noon to 5 pm. See you there.

Published on magazine front cover

I can’t find the words to explain just how exciting it was to see one of my images featured on the cover of this months My Creative Images magazine. I also have images published on pages 14-15, you can view the magazine by clicking here.

Digital Painting

I have been spending some time increasing my skills and knowledge on the topic of digital painting. This has meant many hours of fun in the digital workspace and the creation of a number of new art pieces.

I am enjoying being able to create paintings that showcase some of the beautiful landscape and places of interest in Northern Ireland. I also have a passion for impressionistic paintings and photography and am beginning to combine these two strands into pieces of art that represent the emotion I experienced when capturing an image or visiting a location.

Visit my Others Portfolio to view these three latest pieces which are named St Johns Point, Overlooking The Silent Valley, and my favourite, Beach Pillars.

New Flower Dress Art

A few months ago I took some images of leaves with the intention of adding to my flower dress portfolio. This one would of course not strictly meet the flower brief but I had an idea it would fit the theme of Autumn.

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Well life got a little busy and the task got left to one side. Glad to say I have finally got around to creating not just one but two images from my photographs of leaves, they are quite different but both incorporate the leaves within the dress and have other leaves floating throughout the frame. Both contain my photographs blended with other elements and a little fairy dust. In fact “A Gown for Carpo” has two actual fairies within it. Now that really is magic. Both the images have now been added to my flower dresses portfolio. Enjoy.

Official Book Launch

What a wonderful night I had at my book launch on 26th June 2018. It provided an opportunity to pause and celebrate the achievement of writing and publishing my book. I am very proud of it and so grateful for the positive feedback and comments from family, friends and those who have purchased the book. I have had some lovely reviews on amazon.co.uk but was delighted to see I now have a 5 star review on amazon.com.

 Thunder in my Soul book launch, Banbridge
 Thunder in my Soul book launch, Banbridge

Knowing people I have never met have read and enjoyed my book means so much to me. I am truly grateful. Thank you all so much. To those who came to my launch and those that have sent messages of support or written wonderful reviews you are all appreciated.

Living the Photo Artistic Life

I'm delighted to be published for the third time in Living the Photo Artistic Life.

 The End Of All Things

My most recent published image, on page 46 of Issue 39 is ‘The End of All Things’. It depicts the passing of time with the fading figure and sunflower but also the certainty of renewal and continuance with the canvas of flowers, the distant window bathed in sunshine and the children beyond. You can view this piece along with a variety of other digital art in the magazine by clicking here.

New Cityscape Art Piece

'Waiting For the Night' - Just added this new piece to my City Narratives collection. The image is of Commercial Court which lies within Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter. This tiny cobbled alleyway is one of the city’s most historic entries in an area that was once Belfast’s commercial heart.

New Belfast Cityscapes

Today I added two new art pieces to my City Narratives collection.

Light on the Lagan’ - This evocative piece of art has been created from images I captured along the banks of the Lagan as it meandered through Belfast city. It features the Boat apartments and offices (the award winning building designed by Barrie Todd), the Hilton hotel and the Waterfront conference and entertainment centre.

Sunday Morning in the City’ - The images for this artwork were captured early on an overcast Sunday morning. The central image is Belfast City Hall with other buildings from the area merged into the completed piece. I love this piece of art.

A Journey Almost Complete

It is an exciting day, the proof copy of my book has arrived and I am beyond delighted. Just a final read through and then it will be time to publish.

 Thunder in my Soul - proof copy

It has been eighteen months since I started this journey and it is hard to believe it is almost complete. It has been emotionally tough at times but I have managed to keep focused and push through the days when it all seemed overwhelming. It was important to me that I completed this project and to finally be at this point means a lot. I am very proud of this book.

It will be published in May 2018 and will be available to order from Amazon. Click here to view a free sample PDF.

Launched Online Shop

The artwork on my website is now available to purchase.

Choose the 'Buy' menu option and then click the 'Start Shopping' button to be taken to my online shop.

My images are available in various formats including canvas, acrylic,  metal, and framed prints. If you don't currently have space for wall art there are other options such as tote bags and iPhone cases.

Click here to check out whats available in my shop. 

Launched Website

Published the first version of my art website.

Included various collections of my artwork images that I created between January 2017 and March 2018.

I will be continuously updating my website over the coming weeks.