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Alison O´Donoghue (MAP #98)

Fulgent Fuchsia
acrylic on canvas
24″ x 18″

Grey Birds 3
acrylic on canvas
30″ x 30″

Gunby Gala
acrylic on wood panel
24″ x 24″

I have been painting for over 30 years and was given the idea as a child, by my mother, that being an artist, musician or writer was the best thing in the world to be.
I am in love with shape, color, and pattern. Each painting is game to see if I can help the painting succeed in becoming a balanced and interactive world. Employing what could be called a folk art approach, my paintings are populated with people, animals, hybrid creatures, plant people, birds, plants, flowers, clouds, smoke, everyday objects, and combinations thereof which are all existing and stacked up and/or twisting within the bounds of the painting, in a busy, balanced and interactive world. It is said that nature abhors a vacuum, It seems that I do too. A single painting follows it own set of rules in regard to gravity or lack thereof and the degree of realism and inventiveness of the inhabitants of the painting. As for meaning and story, sometimes I find it therapeutic to shine a light into the psychic darkness, address the issues, questions, pain and trouble and I feel it’s important to open myself to new imagery and learn about internal processes and personal situations and issues of my world through my art, often adding humor to amuse myself.
I also have paintings that are simply displays of balanced interaction, play with shape, happiness, wholeness and flowers.
I adore smooth surfaces and paint on smooth canvas or smooth wood with acrylic paint, building surface in thin layers and washes to create visual depth and a sense of light.
I always varnish, as it adds much lustre to an acrylic painting.


Media: acrylic