The Witches Knickers Project, February 5-9

I am taking part in an experimental workshop with KAVA, addressing the impact of single-use plastic on our environment.  This workshop will conclude with an exhibition at The Russell Gallery in New Quay February 17th through March 3rd.

I have created a page for the results of this project with the first part, a set of social media profile images, up now.  Next, I made a few small watercolor portraits of these objects, which you can see at the same link.  I will continue adding results of this project as they become available.

BTW, "witches knickers" is Irish slang for plastic bags caught up in tree branches and hedges.

Paintings at The Coach House Bistro in February

Now through February I have a few of my paintings on the walls at The Coach House Bistro in downtown Oranmore.  In my completely unbiased opinion the Bistro has brilliant food, terrific staff and a warm and cozy atmosphere. Rating: 4 vague oval shapes (highest vague oval shape rating).

MILKY NOON SIGNAL (2017), oil on cardboard on wood, 20cm x 60cm

MILKY NOON SIGNAL (2017), oil on cardboard on wood, 20cm x 60cm

A Series of Decisions at The Courthouse Gallery, Kinvara

An exhibition of my recent work is running through September 24th at The Courthouse Gallery in Kinvara, County Galway. The gallery is open 11 am to 6 pm and closed Mondays.

During the show I'll be using the gallery as a studio, painting, drawing, and whatever else comes to mind.  KAVA has been looking for engaging ways to utilize the space both during and between exhibitions and I thought this would be an interesting experiment, bringing the public into my decision-making process.

I'm also live streaming from the gallery on Facebook to both show my works in progress and to see what putting myself out there like that results in.'s my interview with Cathy Dunne on her KinvaraFM show.  I'm on at 19:00 (after "Me and Mrs. Jones").

The Art of Nature at KAVA

THAT THERE (2017), oil on cardboard on wood, 21" x 23".

THAT THERE (2017), oil on cardboard on wood, 21" x 23".

This painting is included in The Art of Nature, the annual KAVA members exhibition at The Courthouse in Kinvara opening Friday, August 18th.  The show runs through August 27th and features a lot of work by a lot of talented people.

Change of address...

In February we made the move to Ireland.  As you might imagine, this change has been intensely joyous, exhausting, melancholy and relieving.  I have been generously given the use of the studio of Fabiano Mulas, a terrific artist and brilliant owner of Basilico, one of the most consistently outstanding restaurants I've ever enjoyed.  I am now at work on two commissions and starting new works as time allows.


A few works for sale in San Francisco...

I have four of my smaller works from 2010-12 for sale at Monique Arnon Art & Antiques in the Presidio Heights neighborhood of San Francisco.  The shop is extremely charming and focuses on fine arts from the 18th to the mid 20th century, all selected with Mme. Arnon's keen eye.  The selected works include "Two Drawings of a Lake", Absinthe #1 and #2" and "Arrangement A", which can be viewed in the "Paintings 2003-12" section of this website.

Exhibitions ahead!

Happy to announce that starting in November some of the cardboard paintings will be available at The Passdoor in Sebastopol, California.

Details as they develop.

Welcome back

This new website represents a more direct representation of my work as an artist, and my desire to connect that work to the world at large.  To show not only the finished work, but the influences, processes, mistakes and successes that go into the final results.

I've always been a very private person, certainly when it came to what I valued the most dearly, so I'm anxiously looking forward to this new approach.  In addition to an Instagram and Twitter feed, I've (gulp) returned to Facebook.  If you roll that way, I invite you to check out those things, too, as what I share there is similar, but not identical to this blog.

Making art is constant testing, experimentation, re-arranging and change, and this blog and this website will end up reflecting all of that.  Or maybe not.

Let's see what happens.