"I moved to Glasson, Athlone 13 years ago. I studied Marxist History of Art and Fine Art at Wincester School of Art in the UK and have always had a keen interest in Social Realism. For the last 30 years I’ve combined figurative painting and teaching. I’m fascinated by the many expressions a human face has and how constantly changeable these expressions are. I’ve archived so many over the years, each one coaxed out onto canvas, through my different thoughts and feeling.
For me people aren’t there to be reproduced on canvas to their exact anatomical proportion. I feel there is so much more than that to reveal. Each of the figures I paint are facial expressions from memory, they are a mixture of their feelings and my feelings- a mass of emotion which leaves no room for detail. The viewer is a significant part of my paintings, my initial memory is now encapsulated in your own translation and brought to another expanse. My “Pint Men & Women” are Irish characters that appear either alone or collectively in different scenarios. The contrast of light and dark in my paintings depicts an exaggerated use of chiaroscuro (the use of light and shade) . Perspective is often tilted. Ultimately I intend to embody the subjects in a fleeting moment, like a hazy movie clip reminisced. Some subjects are personal, whilst others may be faces archived in memory. Yet all have been released on canvass in an honourable tribute to whatever they represent; be it humour, melancholy, tension or contemplation"