Mrs D

Mrs D

This painting started off as a little colour study I did one afternoon of my wife, Mege. I did it as a surprise for her birthday.  I should mention that I painted it by sight, meaning I didn’t measure anything from the original reference photographs I used....
10 things I learned from my dogs

10 things I learned from my dogs

I never had a dog before. Animals were fine but I never really, “got,” them, at least not in the way other people seemed to.  I’d met some Scottish terriers in South Africa and thought they were great but owning one, no, not really me. My wife  is...
Direct Governance

Direct Governance

If I can handle my banking online why can’t I run my country online? Wouldn’t that be better, more responsive democracy? Why do I need politicians to represent me? I can see why they were necessary in the past but why do I need them now? If I can access my online bank...
The allure of shame

The allure of shame

If I look a bit happy beside a painting with the heavy title of, “The allure of shame,” it’s because this painting was a marathon to paint. I took me 13 years!! It began as a simple picture of a woman on a beach which I painted in Brisbane in 2003. I...
Social anxiety and me

Social anxiety and me

I’m 5 years old and uncle Tommy is coming over to show his cine films. This is 1968 and it’s a big deal. If you’ve seen Mad Men you’ll get the picture. Cine films were an event because they were in colour. Our tv was black and white. Cine films...
No Retreats. No Surrender.

No Retreats. No Surrender.

I’m sitting with my eyes closed in a school hall in Dublin. Forty people I met only yesterday surround me. John Denver strums over the sound system and we’re encouraged to sing along. This is the 80’s. This is personal development. “Sweet, sweet surrender. Live, live...
Morning Offering

Morning Offering

I’m very happy with the way this painting turned out. There is something transcendent about it. What or who is she offering herself to . . .   Share this:TweetShare on...