Invocation, Lough Carra

The Mayo Lakes

Mayo Lakes CollectionThis collection was created during a series of residencies on the shores of Lough Carra and Lough Mask (2011 – 2016). My family have been fishing these lakes for over 50 years. I grew up thinking of the lakes as a mythical and magical place – bountiful and beautiful. My own time on the lakes has only added to the allure.

The paintings have evolved to include an inner landscape, documenting feelings about place, memory, family, nature and the passage of time – all those things fluid, yet difficult to encapsulate – like water in our hands. It is my attempt to distil memories of generations of my family, to capture what Seamus Heaney termed ‘..the now of perception and the then of fulfilment