Cloddagh, Sherkin Island, Co Cork Ireland, P81DE98    +353 (85) 7773538


Mid Summer, Sherkin Island 30x100x4cm

Framed size 38 x 108cm

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

Wandering along the lanes on Sherkin Island, it’s mid-summer and the montbretia is out in full orange and red glory. The leaves are thick and heavy on the trees and form a shady tunnel, and patches of sunlight dance in dappled patterns across the road. The tall thin orientation of this canvas empahsises the tall trees and the narrow lane.

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Part of my new collection  ‘From Woodland to Sherkin Shores’  August 22nd to 30th, Sherkin Island Community Hall, West Cork.

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 of 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 × 4 × 108 cm