RA Annual Summer Exhibition

Well, the last two weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind and I have only settled back to work today.

It started with an email that I had to read about five times before I believed it. It was to say that my etching “Clarissa” had made it through to this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London. Then the rush was on to book flights and accommodation to attend the Varnishing Day on 5th June.

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My Norman

I was due to have surgery on my knee on Friday 24th, but then I got the opportunity to attend a course given by a hero of mine. I took about one second to make up my mind, phoned the hospital and cancelled the op!
And then came the dilemma… should you ever meet your hero? I have loved Norman Ackroyd’s work for 30 years. But the man and the work are two completely different things. There is a wonderful film about him called “What do artists do all day?”, it follows him for a day in his studio, and I hoped that this was the Norman that we were going to meet.

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End of an era, new beginnings

Last week, after almost 34 years as a member, I collected my belongings from the Black Church Print Studio. It was with a heavy heart that I made the decision not to renew my membership, as I had joined when I left NCAD. But over the last few years I had not worked there, as I found it difficult to get into Temple Bar; as well, I had built my own studio. As I emptied out “my” plan-chest drawer, memories flooded my head. 


A Place with a Dark Story


I rarely write much about the places I draw or print from.


Poor painting!

Last week I spent 3 days in London with LSH (long suffering husband). I was there to collect my work from the Masters Show at the Bankside Gallery. While there I saw a few great exhibitions at the V&A and the Royal Academy. The RA's big blockbuster Abstract Expressionism is superb, but at the top of the house there is a fantastic show called Intrigue: James Ensor by Luc Tuymans.



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