Born in Dublin, Ireland 1971, Morgan Ferriter was raised in Donegal in the Northwest of Ireland, where he lives and works today. Morgan’s divided interest in music and art led him to involvement in a variety of musical endeavours for the next number of years. It wasn’t until 2001 when he would exhibit again with a successful solo show in Donegal followed by another in Dublin, 2002, which almost sold out. By now Morgan had relocated to Canada, this time making Toronto his base. From here he continued to paint and exhibit until returning home in 2004.
Morgan has a studio and exhibition space in Convoy Woollen Mills, Co. Donegal which has recently been refurbished, the reception area being his show-space. The studio is a secluded former architect’s office at the bottom of one of the mill’s many corridors. When he is not working plein air, he plans and creates most of his work from his studio.
Morgan Ferriter Studio 16, Convoy Enterprise Centre, County Donegal, Ireland.
Tel: +353 74 91 31126
Mob: +353 86 8922108
Lisa Bond was born in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal in 1975. She studied under the late Artist and Historian Luis Emerson and her career to date has centred on the arts. After completing her B.A. and Graduate Diploma, Lisa taught art and music at secondary level as well as private commission work and facilitating art sessions to adults and children. She undertook courses in Art Therapy and has provided workshops to secondary schools and those with mental health difficulties. Lisa now works full time as an artist from her studio in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal where she resides with her husband and two children.
Working with acrylics, oils and a plaster medium she has created paintings of enormous energy, passion, texture and contrast. Movement, colour and shape are important to her leading her to comfortably sit with abstraction however often ventures into figurative and landscape work. Her paintings can act as a catalyst that the observer almost automatically develops their own narrative, making each work uniquely personal. Emotion is a fundamental element in her art which has led her on a journey of the imagination around opposing elements that co-exist within a work. The theme that emerges from her works is the common need for simplicity, reflection and appreciation of life as it progresses.
Mob: 087 4157263
Stephen is a professional fine art painter based in Ardara, Co. Donegal,Ireland. He exhibits in his Studio Gallery beside his home in Ardara and in other art galleries throughout Ireland.
“…..I was inspired by the people of Donegal whom I encountered while on family holidays. I was enthralled by their way of life - hardworking by day in the fields or the bog, but always ready to enjoy themselves at night. The sing-songs, the fiddle music, the storytelling, the dancing and the natural humour of the people made a powerful and lasting impression on me. On these holidays I began drawing my grandparents and their neighbours, especially the old people, for whom I had a great affection. I felt at home here and the urge to come back to live and paint in Donegal was born in these early days.”
Studio Gallery, Carn, Ardara, Co. Donegal, Ireland.
Tel. 353 74 9541652
Marvin D. Baldemor, a filipino nurse who’s been working and painting for some time now in Ireland, documenting and capturing the essence of the country on paper and canvas. He paints people, landscapes and historical landmarks based on the method and design principles he learned from his homeland. Born in 1969 in Lucena City, Philippines where he received his early art training from his father Manuel D. Baldemor,an internationally renowned artist who’s art adorned by UNICEF. He feels that accumulated gift of knowledge coupled with a lot of practice results in the emergence of individual style. Baldemor’s work is typically dominated by bold colors, combining acrylic paint, sand, handmade papers, collage and Ink.
Tel: +353 074 91 76883
Cormac O Leary
Cormac is a painter working mainly in oils and acrylics, as well as producing many drawings. He is much influenced by his immediate environment, by the dramatic Irish landscape, but also by figurative and abstract images.
He has won several awards for his work and has exhibited regularly in Sligo, Dublin, Belfast, Cork, London and America, and is represented in many national and international collections. In 2005 he moved with his family from Cork to Leitrim where he currently lives and works.
Born in Dublin, Thomas is a professional artist living and working in south Sligo under the shadow of the Ox Mountains. He moved to the region in 1998 and has been painting full-time since 2005.
Working mainly in acrylic on canvas as well as mixed watermedia on paper, his paintings has been described as vibrant, contemplative, poetic and soulful, with an underlying ‘Celtic’ character. His inspiration is drawn from many sources which have touched upon his life. From the human condition within the real and emotional landscape, to the nature of reality and relationships. An avid reader and perpetual student; literary and philosophical currents also run heavily throughout much of his work. Themes of a positive and transcendental nature also play and important role in the overall impact of the finished piece.
A former rock musician, graphic designer and communications consultant, Thomas has also worked in the fields of film making, writing and sculpture. Painting now remains his exclusive artistic endeavour, as he finds this best encapsulates all his expressive desires and creativity into a single media.
“Painting allows me to deliver the conversation I have always wanted to have with the world around me, and as a result, the conversation I have always wanted to have with myself.” - Thomas Sheridan.
Mob: 086 8347912
Heidi Wickham, was born in South Wales in 1966. Heidi achieved an honours degree in Fine Art from Bristol University in 1989 and moved to Sligo in 1992.
Since settling in Ireland with husband Steve and two children, Tom and Daisy, Heidi has been working continuously within the Sligo arts scene. From the Hawkswell in the mid-nineties where she worked as back stage crew and set painter, to educational drama with youth groups producing five plays to date.
Heidi has had several solo art exhibitions and has been included in group shows locally, specialising in life drawing in dramatic charcoals, as well as vibrant oils. In 2004, Heidi had a children’s book published through Trafford, and has plans for future publications. Heidi would be well known for her lively felt workshops that she brings to community centres in the surrounding counties, and will be expanding on this craft facility next year, in order to bring a variety of art workshops to communities further a-field. For more information on her workshops and gallery art.
Marina lives and works on the family farm in St. Johnston in Donegal,Ireland where her studio overlooks the River Foyle. She has always been fascinated with the expressions and individual characters of the farm animals and wildlife she has seen at close quarters. That insight and great affinity she has with animals is reflected in her painting and sculpture. Whether it is on canvas or in clay Marina captures the attitude and uniqueness of each individual animal. Horses have played a key role in her life not just in art but also in sport. She’s a former jockey and still competes regularly on the cross-country circuit.
Mob: +353 86 8216335
Brigid is based in Kinlough, Co.Leitrim,Ireland. Originally from Donegal, She studied Graphic Design at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology. Her love of Art took over from Graphic Design and in recent years she has combined her role of mother with creating works of art primarily in acrylic and oils. Her approach to painting, is first observation based, followed in many cases by painting from memory thus allowing her the freedom to create a vibrant energy within the painting. Her recent figurative works are inspired by her love of people, watching their different poses and expressions. She like to mix realism with the abstract. She has exhibited extensively throughout Ireland and England.
Geoff Kilpatrick lived in Portugal for fifteen years, before returning to his roots in Donegal, Ireland ten years ago. Geoff works in oil, acrylic, watercolour and ceramics. He finds inspiration in the local landscape, capturing the mystical quality of the light which is the essence of Donegal.
Carmel O Callaghan
Carmel lives in County Donegal, Ireland, where she teaches painting and creates artwork in her own studio. The landscape inspires her to create work full of colour, texture, and expression. Her favourite medium is oil, with pastel, charcoal, and watercolour as alternate media. Her work is to be found in galleries around Ireland and it has found its way to many countries abroad, including the U.K., America, and South Africa. I accept several commissions per year and can work from any good quality, clear photograph.
‘I have been drawing in charcoal and pastel from a very early age and progressed to painting in oils with private tuition in 1997. I have benefited from this education in the tradition of the College of Art and Design at the University of Ulster, Belfast provided by a graduate of their college. My own degree in environmental biology helps complete my understanding of the natural world and the animals in it which I love to observe and paint. I now devote all of my time to teaching painting’
Maria Noonan-McDermott is a visual artist from Donegal, now based in Co. Leitrim. Maria has been painting for over twenty years and paints original one-off pieces. She works always in oil, thickly layering on paint with a palette knife. Her subject matter is varied but her work is still distinctly recognisable.