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Sparkling Light Across Silver Strand, Sherkin Island 30x120x4cm

Framed size 128x38cm

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

Silver Strand is ranked one of Ireland’s top beaches, and no surprise! Steps lead down to the beach, and on to a glorious sweep of golden sand boardered by cliffs to either side, giving it a secluded feel. The view is vast and open as you gaze out to sea, hypnotised by the morning sun sparkling on the water, and a stunning panoramic view of Cape Clear. Wild flowers cover the dunes above the beach in summer, white and yellow sea raddish, daisies and chamomile contrast with the bright blue sea and sky.

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Sparkling Light Across Silver Strand, Sherkin Island 30x120x4cm

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.

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