Oil Portfolio

My oil painting portfolio showcases various original works created and inspired by my life journey.

I paint mostly with my fingers with thick textured layers of oil paint and explore colour as a key feature of my work. I also use palette knifes. I take commissions – please enquire.

Seascape series

Stormy Seas – 20 x 20″ Original oil on deep edge canvas €400 unframed
Sailing – 24 x 20″ Original oil on deep canvas €480 unframed
“Smooth waters never made a Sailor”
Escape – Large original oil on deep edge canvas 39.5 x 32″. €1,248 unframed. Framed €1,368

Inspired by a gorgeous photograph taken by my favourite Dublin photographer Doreen Kilfeather, ‘Escape’ captures a sense of tranquility and escape from the chaos and freneticism which sometimes engulfs the world we live in. In the worrying age of climate change , we need to cherish, protect and be at one with nature and the oceans that surround us.

This is a large thickly layered original oil painting 39.5″ x 32″ on deep edge canvas set ‘floating’ in to a simple and gorgeous white wooden box frame. The entire painting was created without brushes using the finger painting technique.

Dublin by the Sea series

From Dun Laoghaire pier, the Martello tower at Seapoint to blustery walks to Poolbeg lighthouse, I’ve really enjoyed painting some of the coastal landmarks in Dublin which have been a big part of my up-bringing.

Dun Laoghaire Pier, Still Waters – original oil on deep edge canvas 20 x 16″ €320
Dun Laoghaire, Sailing – small 12 x 12″ approx €150 unframed on deep edge canvas
Invincibles – Forty Foot – original oil on canvas 20 x 16″ €320 unframed. €410 framed.

“Everybody dies, but very few people really live.  It’s amazing how clear your mind can be…what you think is a problem going in, is not a problem anymore” – The Invincibles, Dulux Weathershield. This painting captures the brave and inspiring souls who swim in the forty foot in Dun Laoghaire to embrace the feeling of being alive. I hope to join them some day.

“Martello Tower Seapoint – Sandymount” – 24 x 20″ original oil on deep edge canvas €480 unframed.
“Poolbeg Lighthouse” – 24 x 20″ Original oil on canvas. €480 unframed.

A wet and blustery walk down the Poolbeg lighthouse pier with a loyal friend. This was painted using my fingers using layers of thick textured oil paint.

Band Stand – Dun Laoghaire Pier – Original oil on 20 x 16″ canvas. €320 unframed. €410 framed.
“There are no strangers here, only friends you haven’t met yet” W.B. Yeats.

Dublin Beauties – some of my favourite spots in Dublin

From Sandymount towers, the ha-penny bridge, the leafy Phoenix Park to beautiful Dalkey – these paintings represent some of my favourite and iconic places in Dublin where I grew up.

Sandymount Towers – 24 x 20″ Original Oil
Finnegan’s Dalkey – 24 x 20″ original oil on deep edge canvas €480 unframed
Dublin’s Fair City – Ha’Penny Bridge – 24 x 20″ original oil on canvas €450 unframed
Tea Rooms in Autumn – Original Oil 20 x 24″ Commission

I am lucky enough to live very close to the Phoenix Park and have explored every inch while I was training for marathons and cycle events. I always relished the pit stop here in the beautiful Tea Rooms where the homemade scones and warm lattes are second to none. A gorgeous spot where visitors are more than happy to queue in the shady surrounds of the dancing trees.

Bee Collection – original oil on canvas – various sizes.

I have started a collection of Bee paintings which are all original depictions of bees in nature using textured oil paint on deep edge canvas. These are all original oils paintings and prices vary according to size. I plan to create some some limited edition prints soon which will be available at a lower cost. Have a look at what is available. Not all paintings are displayed here and I am available to do commission of any size above 12 x 12 “.

Bee Lavender – 12 x 12″ approx original oil on deep edge canvas €150
Bee with Red Flowers – 20 x 16″ approx original oil on deep edge canvas €320
Bee Daisy – 20 x 16″ approx – textured original oil on deep edge canvas €320
Hanging Bee 20x 16″ approx – textured original oil on deep edge canvas €320
Busy Bee – 24 x 20″ approx – textured original oil on deep edge canvas €480. Limited edition archival prints also available size 13.3 x 16” with and without frame.

Bee in Red Flower – 23 x 20″ textured original oil on canvas €480
Bee – Sold. New commissions on this theme are welcome.

Animal Series – original oil paintings or animals

Glorious Peacock 24 x 20″ original oil on canvas €480 unframed
Proud Peacock – Large 40 x 32″ original oil on deep edge canvas. €1,248 unframed.
Phoenix Stag – Original Oil on canvas 20×24″ €480 unframed €570 framed

All good things are wild and free” – Henry David Thoreau. Walking among the wild deer in the Phoenix Park is just one of the many joys of living close to Europe’s largest urban park. The herd are descended from the deer who were chased by gentry for enjoyment and food in the seventeenth century. And so it is no surprise that it is with great caution that these beauties allow us venture close to them and share their habitat. What a privilege.

Painted in thick textured oils using the finger painting technique on deep edge canvas. Canvas 20″ x 24″ and framed with a white wooden floating frame.

Pheonix Stag II – Original Oil on deep edge canvas 16×20″ €320 unframed €410 framed

Second in my collection of Pheonix Park Stags. This is painted with palette knife and textured oils on deep edged canvas 16 x 20″.

“Whatever..” – Pheonix Deer – Original oil on deep edge canvas 12 x 12 ” €144 unframed .
Giraffe – Large 20 x 39″ approx – unframed on deep edge canvas €600
A friend for Hedwig – Original oil on canvas board 20 x 16″ unframed €320. Framed €400

I’ve always loved the intensity of the owl’s gaze. This painting reminded me of my daughter’s obsession with Harry Potter and his trusted owl, Hedwig. But every owl needs his own pal…

This is a textured original oil painting on board 20″ x 16″ and framed in a double mount shadow box white wooden frame. It has been painted with palette knives and uses vibrant colours and thick textured layers of paint.

Flowers and nature series

“Poppy Field” – 24 x 20 original oil on deep edge canvas €480 unframed.

“And the warm summer sun makes the red poppies dance..” – part of a series of paintings created while in isolation during the Covid 19 crises fulfilling my need to create something to make me smile. This is a finger painting which focuses on bright happy colours and lots of texture. Oils on deep edge canvas. Doesn’t really need a frame.

Hydrangea Cliffs – Original oil on canvas 24 x 18″ unframed €432. Framed €515.
“Happy Flowers” – 24 x 20″ original oil on deep edge canvas. €480 unframed.

During the Covid 19 isolation period we celebrated a mother’s day like no other. Rather than buying flowers, I enjoyed the opportunity to paint them. Textured oil painting created using my fingers.

Sunflowers – Original oil on canvas 20 x 24″ – Commission.
Sun Salutation – Original Oil on canvas 20 x 24″ unframed €480. Framed €570

A joyful appreciation of nature and time out. Sun Salutation is a reminder to self love and to be grateful for what we have. Painted in thick layers of oil using the finger painting technique on deep set canvas 20″ x 24″. I painted the sides of this canvas so it can be hung with or without a frame.

Autumn Adventure – Original oil on 20 x 24″ canvas. €480 unframed. €570 framed.

I adore the rich tapestry of colours that come with Autumn and the falling leaves. This was based on a photo taken in Wicklow and inspired by my son’s delight at another Autumn forest adventure in the surrounds of the Glenview Hotel. This painting is a celebration of vibrant autumnal colours and the beauty of the great outdoors.

Painted in rich textured oils straight from the tube using the finger painting technique on deep edged canvas 20″ x 24″. The sides of this canvas have been painted so it can be hung without a frame.

The path is made by Walking – Original oil on canvas 20 x 24″ SOLD

Inspired by a photo taken by my friend walking the Camino with her mum, a journey I have always longed to make and will do in the future. I loved the sparkling contrast of light and shadow. “Wanderer, there is no path. The path is made by walking” – Antonio Machado.

Lavender Lady – Original oil on canvas 20 x 24″ unframed €480 unframed. €570 framed.

I’ve always wanted to wander through the lavender fields in France – some day I’ll make it. In the mean time I can paint it!

Lavender lady is painted with thick oils using the finger painting technique. It is 61 x 51 cm on deep canvas set ‘floating’ in to a simple but gorgeous white box wooden frame and looks stunning on my wall.

People Series

I am particularly drawn to people and capturing their mood and expressions. My ‘People’ series varies from portraiture , musicians, writers to street traders.

“Grafton Street Flower Traders” – 47 x 39 ” original oil painting. €1,800

“Give up yer aul sins!” – The “Grafton Street Flower Traders” was also painted while in Covid 19 isolation and a reminder of happier times and of the iconic big personalities that line our streets every week selling gorgeous flowers and a good laugh to boot. With special thanks to Irish Times photographer Nick Bradshaw who gave me permission to use his fab photo as a reference. This is a very large canvas, painted in thick textured oils using a combination of finger painting and brushes for finer detail. If you are looking for a statement piece – this is it

“Seisúin Beag” – Oversized unframed canvas 47 x 39” approx. €1800

There’s nothing quite like an impromptu trad session in a cosy traditional Irish bar where the pints are flowing and everyone is your friend. This oversized canvas needs a large wall. It’s been painted in thick oils using mostly pallette knife and a little finger painting.

Don’t Go – Original oil on deep edge canvas 20×20″ €400 unframed

“Don’t Go” – portrait of Irish musician Liam O Maonlai and based on the captivating photography of Doreen Kilfeather. Liam was a dream to paint – full of intensity and possibility. Thank you to Doreen for giving me permission to use her stunning photographic portrait as a reference.

“Longing” – 25 x 20″ unframed on deep edge canvas
Glen – Hard Stare – 20 x 20″ Unframed deep edge canvas €400
Beckett

“Dance first. Think later. It’s the natural order” – Samuel Beckett

Beckett – 20×20 unframed on deep edge canvas €400

“We are all born mad. Some of us remain so” – Samuel Beckett

The Music Man – 20×20″ unframed on deep edge canvas €400
W.B Yeats – 10×14″ unframed on deep edge canvas €140 / Framed €210

“Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit, makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before” – W.B Yeats

Painted in thick oils with a limited palette of gray and white using a palette knife on deep edge canvas 10×14″. Unframed €140 / Framed €210

Jumping In Puddles – Original oil on canvas 25×30″ €740 unframed . Framed €820 SOLD

Painted in the wake of Storm Lorenzo, ‘Jumping in Puddles’ is a reminder of simple and innocent joys. What is it about splashing about in the rain that brings out the child in all of us?

Painted in thick textured oils and vibrant colours on a 25″ x 30″ deep edge canvas. The sides of the canvas have been painted so this painting will look beautiful with or without a frame.

Original oil on 25×30″ canvas unframed €740. With bespoke frame €820

Old School – 20 x 18 ” Original Oil on deep edge canvas

The best kind of fun is found far away from the world of technology and devices, but rather in simple things – like the humble tyre, rope and tree. Like most parents, I struggle to navigate the world of technology with my kids and trying to figure out how to get the balance right. But I get huge satisfaction from seeing my children enjoy simple and ‘old school’ ways of having fun. This was taken in the “Forest School” in the Phoenix park where we wandered together after school before the summer break.

Ice Cream JOY – Original oil 24 x 20″ – PRIVATE COLLECTION

Licking an ice cream on a sunny day is one of life’s simple joys for young and old. I wanted to capture that sense of fun and indulgence with this painting.

The Stolen Child – Original Oil on 20 x 24″ canvas €480 unframed.€570 framed.

“Come away , O human child! To the waters and the wild, With a Faery hand in hand, For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand. Where the wandering water gushes, From the hills above Glen-Car, In pools among the rushes, That scarce could bathe a star.” This painting reminded me of W.B Yeats’ beautiful poem , ‘Stolen Child’ after which it has been named. The painting is about youth, innocence and the pleasure in finding simple joys.

Painted in thick textured oils on deep edge canvas size.

Juvenile Delinquents – Original oil on canvas board 12×16 ” unframed €192. Framed €250

My family are involved in the Metro Saint Brigid’s local athletics club and I have attended and supported many races. This Juvenile Athletics Cross Country race took place in the beautiful Phoenix Park. There is always a wonderful atmosphere of anticipation and support from athletes , clubs, proud parents and excited supporters. I can’t help but feel very inspired by these wonderful young people and the dedicated volunteers who make it all possible. I was keen to capture the movement and electric mood of the day..

Painted with knives and paint brushes on canvas board this is 12″ x 16″.

Original oil on canvas board 12×16 ” unframed €192. Framed €250

Rain Dance – Original Oil on canvas 20 x 24″ €480 unframed. €570 framed.

Cycling is a funny sport, full of incredible highs coupled with challenging lows. But there is one thing that remains a constant joy, regardless of the weather and other obstacles; the camaraderie , encouragement and support from your fellow cyclists. I have been lucky enough to cycle all over Europe and Ireland and have never seen leadership, kindness and selflessness that paralleled that of those who lead a cycling tour. Gentlemen and women of the highest order.

Painted with palette knives in thick textured oil paint on deep edge canvas 20″ x 24″.

Original Oil on canvas 20 x 24″ €480 unframed. €570 framed.

Late Late – Original oil on canvas board 14 x10″ unframed €140. Framed €200

This barn owl reminded me so much of the late late show owl on RTE. He was fun to paint and became a journey through expressive colour.

Painted on board with thick oils using a palette knife 14″ x 10″ . Unframed at the moment.

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