Lisbon Show to celebrate the Irish Presidency of the European Union

In 2013 I was honoured to be invited by the Irish Embassy and the Irish Association to exhibit my work as a celebration of the Irish Presidency of the European Union. The exhibition was staged in the fabulous Palacio Independente in the centre of Lisbon. The opening night was a Diplomatic event and many Guests of the Embassy, Ambassadors and Cultural Attaches were present.    actually more exited by the poster than anything else!  Dr. Declan O'Donoghue, the  Irish Ambassador formally opened the exhibition The paintings  Iconic palms at the entrance to the Palace of Monserrate Colares Road Sintra Dark Trees Janas  Arum Lillies  Hemlock and Queen Anne's Lace Ipomea    ( morning glory) The Palace Border Monserrate Arum Lillies Nasturtiums Nasturtiums detail Nasturtiums detail

a few paintings from the recent Lisbon exhibtion in Palacio Independente celebrating the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union

The Guinchou  Road   Monserrate Palace Border   dark trees Janas               Colares  Road, summer   Espinho oranges          

"Enchantment at Monserrate" MONSERRATE PALACE AND GARDENS Artist in residence 2012 -2013

I was invited to be the inaugural Artist in Residence at the  World Heritage Palace and Gardens of Monserrate in Sintra, Portugal. I spent eighteen months painting  in the gardens and the surrounding countryside making a series of paintings which were exhibited in the palace.    The artist at work           The Palace The Opening Night  The Paintings many of the paintings from the earlier Lisbon show were also exhibited NOTES ON THE PAINTINGS AND THE EXHIBITION What is the nature of enchantment?  A layering of realities, a resonance which has a sense of  “the other”, a scintillation of significance, human time suspended or slowed, plant time unhindered, weaving into the abandoned spaces. With its repeating history of both splendour and decadence the palace and gardens of Monserrate emanate this quality of enchantment. Part of the nature of enchantment