Sacred Heart art teacher, Judy O’ Connell is exhibiting her ‘Herbivore’ series at Kate Fitzgerald’s ‘The Loft Gallery’, in Clonakilty until September 9th 2017. It is her first solo show and is based on her love of flora – foliage, flowers, fruit, seeds and stems.
The patterns and subtle gradations of tone are of interest but the contrasting colour combinations and and wild juxtapositions of form in compositions of her choosing are very exciting.
Three of her previous series ‘Seascapes’ are also on display – wave surges, the foaming break, the clouds soaring above them with the light reflected on all were inspiration for years.
The work is oil on board or canvas, the largest pieces are 200cm x 100cm. The paint is layered, wet on wet with linseed building up glazes of colour and shape. Each painting can take up to fifty hours to complete.
Judy has also shown in the Lavitt Gallery in Cork, Uillinn – West Cork Arts Centre in Skibbereen and Mark Buckley Fine Art.
She hopes that her work will bring the viewer as much joy as it did for her in it’s creation.