Reviewing a great year

The period after Christmas and before the new year is the perfect time to take stock of the past months. It’s a quiet time, and here in Radicondoli, it’s a time when the countryside sleeps. Now there is a very different beauty: the fields' patterns are more visible; the ghost-like trees reveal their now bare skeletons; and also their secrets, long hidden birds nests.

It has been a whirlwind of a year and I was extremely fortunate in many ways. It started with hearing that I had got an honorable mention at the New York Miniature Print Exhibition, followed by a piece accepted by the R.H.A. In May on our journey to Italy via Rosslare, Rosscoff and various towns, I got an email to say “Mr Turner’s grand design” had made the cut for London’s Royal Academy. Well things could hardly get better, but they did. In October I got two prints into the R.U.A. I had finally achieved the Royal Academy hat trick!


Also in the summer I had my first solo exhibition in Radicondoli. It was so lovely to see people recognizing some of the places that I drew. I also gave printmaking demonstrations during the month long show. People seemed to have a genuine interest in how I make my work. I have just realized that this year marks forty years since I first walked into the Print Room of N.C.A.D. in Kildare Street and was completely smitten by the process. FORTY YEARS. I can hardly believe it. I cannot thank enough the many people who taught or encouraged me over that time.

In September I had a joint show with Aidan Flanagan at Breda Smyth’s gallery in Kilcock. It was a great experience.
I have some plans for the coming new year including a stay at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, which I am really looking forward to. The rest are still fairly fuzzy.
So all that is left for me to do is to wish you all a very happy and healthy new year!