Bullock Harbour Dalkey – Plein Air

Just up the road from Bullock Harbour in Dalkey County Dublin. Oil on board. 40x30cm. Right, so the story is I get there and do my preliminary thumbnail sketches, drive down the road for a cappuccino, come back and set up my easel etc and draw my sketch on the board then lay out my paints….wait…..wheres my white paint? Noooooo! …

Bettie & Me

Started off as a quick sketch self-portrait but kept adding elements. It just goes to show if you don’t start with a solid idea and composition you end up with sci-fi,  1950’s pin-ups and houseflies. Oil on canvas. 40x30cm. 15 hours+

William & Me

A little experiment this one. I painted a grisaille from a black and white photo of Sir William Orpen. I tried to colourise it a la Photoshop, but using oil paint and my imagination instead. Added the background after. Bit of fun.


Didnt turn out as I had hoped this one. Killiney Hill Martello Tower no. 7 in Dublin. Plein air oil on canvas finished en studio. 40x30cm.

Joe Rogan

Joe Rogan. Oil on un-stretched canvas. 23x28cm.

Mist at Poolbeg Lighthouse

Plein air on canvas finished en studio. 60x30cm. Poolbeg Lighthouse, Dublin. I kept hearing this insanely loud foghorn getting closer, I thought it was the end of days. Then finally this huge ship barely appears and it was only 100 metres away. Freaky.

The Dart at Blackrock

The DART leaving Blackrock Station Co. Dublin. Plein air oil on unstretched canvas finished en studio. 20x30cm.