My work is primarily about responding to my surroundings in a personal way. I have long been obsessed with the figure. I enjoy the challenges involved in expressing a physical and emotional presence while attempting to give an honest representation of the fall of light on the body.
I return to self-portraits again and again. I hope its not a self-centred obsession! I scrutinise my own face as I would any other, the only difference being that I know what’s going on behind it. I find that self portraiture helps me to respond better to the inner lives of my other models.
My recent work has been inspired by my new home in the Western Highlands. I've been particularly drawn to the salt-marsh close to our house and the hill behind (Angel Hill) which provides an excellent promontory for sketching.
The wildness of this new landscape reminds me so much of county Mayo in the west of Ireland, a place I've loved and painted for years.
"The strength of her work rests not only on her assiduous attention to the demands of each area of subject matter, but also, very much, on the consistency of her dark-edged vision."
Aidan Dunne, Irish Times