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Through The Apple Blossom, Sherkin Island 100x30x4cm

Framed size 108x38x4cm

Oil on canvas, painted with the palette knife to create a textured impasto.

Looking up to the blue skies through the pinky-white blossom of the lovely old apple tree in our garden on Sherkin Island. I used the tall orientation of the canvas to emphasise the feeling of the great height of the sky behind the trees on this bright spring morning.


We moved to Sherkin a year ago from the mountains of Kerry, and it’s a whole new and wonderful experience to live on an island. One thing that strikes me is that the skies are just so vast…there’s an uninterrupted horizon-line, a bit like being on top of a mountain where you can see for miles, except you’re down with the sea at the same level. And often the skies are completely clear, and the sea and sky merge together in endless tones of blue, getting lighter and lighter, there’s such a dreamy peace in clear blue skies.

Another thing that strikes me is how we are so aware of the tides and the weather, and live so closely accordingly. I find that immersion in nature and the elements completely enveloping, and a priveledge to live by. This is what I’m trying to capture in my paintings of Sherkin.

In this collection I have focussed on views of the sea over the summer hedgerows, abundant with glorious delicate wild flowers of all colours.

Additional information

Weight 6 kg
Dimensions 38 × 5 × 108 cm