My art training and exhibitions
My childhood was spent in rural County Tyrone and I studied Painting and Printmaking in Belfast in the mid 1970s.
Since then I’ve worked as a professional artist and illustrator, first in Hackney, London and from the early 1990s I have been based in the beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds.
1971 Belfast College of Art 1975 B.A. Honours Degree Fine Art
1976 Higher Diploma Printmaking
Moved to London
Shortly after I moved to London I was awarded an Arts Council of Northern Ireland Bursary to set up a colour darkroom.
After the subsequent photographic exhibition, selected images were used by the B.B.C. to illustrate the television series Chieftains: Images of Ireland and included at Irish Exhibition of Living Art, Dublin.
ACME Studio Scheme
In 1979 I was accepted into ACME Artists’ Short-life Housing in Hackney. This scheme provided affordable studio space, as well as accommodation at a nominal rent so enabling young artists to dedicate time to creating and exhibiting. This was very important to my career as between 1978 & 1984, I had three children, so it enabled me to work from home.
1986 I was one of the group of eight East End women artists called Rouge Press. We produced a limited edition portfolio of lino-prints which was launched by Curwen Gallery, London,with a supporting exhibition, which toured the U.K.
1988 I began working on tiny wood engravings and a series of very large, hand-printed linocuts.
Exhibiting and Illustrating
These London years were spent exhibiting extensively throughout the UK and Ireland and illustrating editorial, including the 1990 monthly Horoscope Page in Cosmopolitan Magazine
1992 Tales from Europe,B.B.C. Publications and various publications for Heinemann Educational.
Moved to Lincolnshire
After the breakup of my first marriage, I moved to Lincolnshire in 1993 and shortly after that, in 1995 I was commissioned to illustrate the New Aeon Tarot Set for Aura Soma, a Colour Therapy Company. This eighteen month project comprised 200 images presented as 100 double sided cards.
Five years’ steady work followed in which I illustrated various projects, wrote and illustrated the book Goddesses, A Circle of Colour containing 13 full plate images. In this project the Zodiac was related to the Company Colour plan, astrology and goddesses from various cultures.
2004 I received an Arts Council award to learn stonecarving.
2007 saw me being commissioned to illustrate a large range of 35 Gay greetings and Christmas cards in black and white, based in the style of my earlier linoprints.
From 2008 I have worked full-time painting and drawing.
Works are in the public collections of: Arts Council of Northern Ireland; Aura Soma Products Ltd; Belfast Telegraph; Bedfordshire County Council; Somerset County Council; Ulster Television
Austria, Australia, Britain, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Spain, USA.
2017 Beloved, Gallery at St. Martins, Lincoln
2015 Queen of Hearts, Gallery at St. Martins, Lincoln
2013 20 Years of Lovers Images,Gallery at St. Martins, Lincoln (Feb)
2013 Home from Home,Strule Arts Centre, Omagh, Co. Tyrone (April)
2013 Love in a dark landscape, Gallery at St. Martins Lincoln (October)
2005 Paper Kisses,Trinity Arts Centre, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire
2002 Horncastle College, Lincolnshire
2001 Tea & Tamoxifen, Body Talk, Toynton All Saints & Editions Ltd, Liverpool
1999 Goddesses for the Millennium, Lucia Angelis Gallery,Tetford, Lincolnshire
1998 Lovers in the Light, Lucia Angelis Gallery, Lincolnshire
1998 Moon Gallery,Mount Berry College, Georgia, U.S.A.
1997 Horner Gallery,Magherafelt, Co. Antrim, N. Ireland
1994 Watergate Street Gallery,Chester
1993 Stansell Gallery Taunton & Editions Gallery, Bluecoat Chambers, Liverpool
1992 Intimations of Desire, Hunt Jennings Gallery, Mayfair, London
1991 Northern Ireland Business Centre, Mayfair, London
1990 Bromham Mill Gallery, Bedfordshire
1989 Dreams and Desires,Octagon Gallery, Belfast & Worcester City Art Gallery;
1989 Woman embracing a dream,Kerlin Gallery, Dublin & Ayling Porteous, Chester.
1988 To see behind her Lamont Gallery, London & Hendriks Gallery, Dublin
1987 Ayling Porteous Gallery, Chester; Bluecoat Gallery,Liverpool
1984 Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast
1982 Annexe Gallery, Covent Garden, London & Octagon Gallery, Belfast
1980 Project Gallery, Dublin
1978 Octagon Gallery,Belfast
2014 Gallery at St. Martins Anniversary Exhibition
2011 BEST OF THE BEST Cupola Gallery 20th Anniversary Exhibition
2010 THE MOMENTF OF PRIVACY HAS PASSED The Usher Gallery, Lincoln
2010 MADE TO FIT; Small Works by Women, Basingstoke
2009 HONEY SEEMS BITTER Strule Arts Centre, Omagh, Northern Ireland
2008 TEMPTATION Cupola Gallery, Sheffield
2008 MINIATURES;Cupola Gallery, Sheffield
2007 Valentine’s Exhibition John Bloxham Gallery, London
2005 Forge Arts Sculpture Hackthorn, Lincoln & Sculpture in the Garden,Hall Farm, Gainsborough
2005 DIALOGUES WITH FORM Cavanacor gallery, Co Donegal, Ireland
2004 BINDING Picture House Centre for Photography, Leicester
2004 SUMMERSHOW Royal Academy of Arts London
2004 AT HOME WITH ART The Lionel Phillips Collection, Atkinson Gallery, Somerset
1999 Lucia Angelis Gallery,Lincolnshire
1998 EROTICA Olympia, London
1995 OBJECTS OF LOVE The Gallery on Cork Street, London
1994 The Women Artists’ Diary (Cover image)
1995Brixton Art Gallery & Diorama Centre, London
1992 Art with Attitude; Hunt Jennings Gallery,London
1992 A Sense of Ireland; Liberty & Co., London
1992 Christmas Exhibition Lamont Gallery London
1991 Bolton School, Bolton, Lancashire
1991 Belfast 1991 Exhibition touring Northern Ireland
1991 Art in Boxes England & Co.Gallery, London.
1991 Art ‘91 Lamont Gallery / Business Design Centre, London
1988 Artworks for London Lighthouse 2 Visions of Women, Lamont Gallery, London
1987 Seven Artists from Northern Ireland,Fung Ping Shan Museum, Hong Kong
1987 Athena Art Awards, Concourse Gallery, Barbican, London
1987 Black and White from Rouge Press Curwen Gallery, London
1986 Christmas Print Show, Angela Flowers Gallery, London
1986 Summer Show, Hendriks Gallery, Dublin
1985 The Odalisque, Centaur Gallery,London
1985 Association of Illustrators’ 10th Annual,Smith’s Gallery, London.