About the artist:
Working in a variety of media, in pencil, paint, and print, my art often features simple scenes of everyday life. Some pieces start life captured in sketchbooks, others are committed to memory and embellished with my imagination. I was born and currently live in N. Ireland, with an academic background in French and Spanish, which led to travel and working and living abroad in several countries, most notably Chile. There, I met my husband, started raising a family, and called it home for almost a decade. This has arguably fostered a search for identity, belonging, and a sense of place, also becoming common themes in my work, while my love of language and visual story-telling is embodied in a strong narrative element in much of my art.
I favour working in several media, finding they generally feed off one another. I often recycle artwork, making hand-cut paper stencils from unsuccessful watercolours or collagraph prints, using them to make monoprints for instance. For me, experimentation is a key part of my working practice, where I can explore and re-explore themes as well as media, in order to deepen and improve my own understanding of what I am trying to achieve.
Since turning professional in 2012, I exhibit regularly in several galleries in Northern Ireland and am a recent Past President of the Ulster Society of Women Artists, winning the Lily Davies New Member Award in 2016 with “High Tea,” and The Founder’s Trophy in 2022 for my piece “Like A thief In The Night.” I am also a member and regular exhibitor with the UKCPS, (United Kingdom Coloured Pencil Society) since joining in 2014. Other noteworthy shows to date include the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, the Society of Women Artists, and the Open Exhibition of The Royal Institute for Painters in Watercolour, all in The Mall Galleries, London, as well as several years with the Royal Watercolour Society’s CWC, and the Royal Ulster Academy’s 2022, 2018 and 2014 annual exhibitions in Belfast, (shortlisted 2015 and 2016). My work has been sold to private collectors worldwide.
My home studio/gallery, The BlackSheep, which I share with my husband Hernán Farías, of HFPhotography, welcomes viewing by appointment and is excited to be part of a new up-and-coming initiative in the area called CAOS (County Antrim Open Studios). We occasionally offer workshops, special exhibitions and other events throughout the year, as well as having a small collection of other Irish art for sale. Follow the gallery on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with what’s on.
My limited-edition handmade linocut prints, monoprints, collagraphs, and drypoints, as well as painted stones, are available for purchase here in my online shop. Please visit often to keep an eye out, as I will be adding cards and more smaller originals. I also have an Etsy shop where I have successfully sold to buyers worldwide for the last 6 years. To arrange a viewing or request a price on a particular piece, or information regarding the galleries that regularly exhibit my work, please contact me directly via the Contact page, or see Galleries.
Please do NOT use any of the images here under any circumstances, without my prior consent and knowledge. All of my work is copyright protected.