I studied Fine Art Painting/Print at the Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork, and went on to do a Higher Post Graduate Diploma in Art and Design at the University of Ulster, Belfast.
Having taught Art as a secondary school teacher for many years, I decided to return to Co. Cork 8 years ago, and have settled in stunning West Cork, in the bustling harbour village of Baltimore, where I paint full-time.
The work on show here has been made over the last 2/3 years, the majority of which has been done in Chalk Pastel. I find this medium enables me to create great subtleties and sensitivity. I can achieve exquisite blending of tone and colour which merge in the misty seascapes of the Irish landscape, on rainy days. I work on coloured paper, hot orange/warm yellow/pinks, these create a luminosity, which glows through the variations of grey,.....Dramatic dynamic effects can also be created in this medium when storm clouds are being portrayed, or the reflective pools which sparkle like jewels on the wet sand .
West Cork provides me with daily inspiration and stimulation. My studio overlooks Church Strand, which is full of activity during the summer months, with a flow of boats leaving and returning to their moorings. The view changes throughout the day as the light and weather change.
My paintings are inspired by a few different categories, the Sea and Sky, Boats and People.
Sea and Sky; As a child we went on our annual summer holidays to the seaside where we swam daily in all weathers. Achill island was a favourite holiday destination, and walks along Keel Strand were a must, I particularly liked it when the tide was out, the beach stretching for miles, the spectacular cloud formations, and reflections in the damp sand. I love the vastness of the Atlantic coastline with its windswept beaches and huge, turbulent seas
Boats; When I moved to West Cork 8 years ago I began sailing, and spending time around boats. In the village of Baltimore there are ferries arriving and departing throughout the day in all weather conditions, ferrying the islanders and visitors to and fro. There are fishing boats and all types of pleasure boats in the harbour during the summer whether they be under sail or motor, creating a constantly varying subject.
People; I enjoy depicting the busy bustling square in Baltimore in the height of summer, which is a very colourful sight. Holidaymakers dressed in brightly coloured summer clothes, relaxing and soaking up the sun, framed against a backdrop of the freshly painted facades of the Jolie Brise bar and Bushes bar.
When I work I become completely focused, I listen to classical music. I sometimes look at a piece of work and I wonder how I created it, it's as if it happens by magic.
The creative process requires a lot of energy and it is quite exhausting, there is nothing relaxing about making art, it is exciting, uplifting and you need to be fully present, alert and alive.
Anne Marie McInerney