Some notes on what I've been up to:

October 2017 I have a drawing from my trip to the south of Italy entitled 'Cathedral Totem' in this years Royal Ulster Academy exhibition. The exhibition runs from 6 October 2017 to 7 January 2018 in the Ulster museum.
 June 2017
Once again I was fortunate to be off on the beautiful island of Inishlacken as a part of The Inishlacken Project.


February 2017
Exhibition at the Royal Society of Ulster Architects,  2 Mountcharles, Belfast.  On view weekdays until 4.30pm until 3 March.

In September 2016 I travelled to the Matera and Puglia regions just at the heel of Italy’s boot.
I brought sketchbooks and materials to allow pencil and pen drawings and a few watercolours. A backpack stool finished the kit.
The resulting material informed an article with some drawings in the ‘Travelogue’ series in the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of Perspective Journal.
This exhibition represents the works from the three sketchbooks in their entirety and unedited. Disassembled they are presented in the order they were created.
The exhibition includes all 15 pen drawings, 4 watercolours and 25 pencil drawings.
Puglia and around

September 2016
I was off in the south of Italy.  Lots of time to reflect on how I go about my drawing work and to get in the usual sketches.  I've posted some up here.

July 2016
Published in July 2016 Notations
 is a collection of eight individual books that together form a folio of drawings, notes, collages, photographs and appropriated images taken from the notebooks of architects who use them as both reflective and reflexive forms of thinking.  It includes work by Tom dePaor, Michael Doherty, Grafton Architects, Seamus Lennon, McCullough Mulvin, O’Donnell + Tuomey and Nigel Peake.  Based on the principle that notebooks provide unique insights into personal worlds of drawing, this publication offers a set of open notations that can be interpreted and experienced as directly as they were drawn and made: unselfconsciously curious about the world.    Published by Gall Editions Editors: Paul Clarke and Peter Maybury  ISBN 978-0-9566293-4-0


June 2016
I was off on the beautiful island of Inishlacken as a part of The Inishlacken Project.  Lots of drawings in various media over the week.



April 2016
Back to life drawing class at the Crescent Arts Centre and enjoying doing these large portraits in about A2 size with a bit of life drawing too.

  March 2016
Counting myself fortunate to have been selected for the Life Drawing and Painting Masterclass at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin.  We had pens, coloured pencils and oil paints.  The two days were tutored by the painter Colin Davidson.  Lots learned and plenty of thoughts generated for the future.  A couple of the pictures made in class.

October 2015
Not long back from a 
2015 trip to Lindos on Rhodes.  Plenty more sketching carried out this time.  I've written up a couple of days as a kind of day by day blog with tips on how I went about the pictures. 

August 2015
Again I'll be running an art class at Oideas Gael in Gleann Cholm Cille (Glencolmcille) in the Donegal Gaeltacht.  The 2016 class will be from 9 July to 15 July.  Looking forward to having lots of fun and creativity over the week.  If you want to know more about my class and link to make a booking I've set up a specific page for it. 
Painting and Sketching in Gleann Cholm Cille.

July 2015
Just back from a week long residency in Roundstone as a part of the Inishlacken Project. I used all sorts of media this year, Pencil, graphic pen, chinese inks with washes, soluble graphite and acylic painting.

July 2014 Carried on sketching in Gleann Cholm Cille this year.  Some of my sketches from over the years 

June 2014
Spent a week on Inishlacken in June 2014.  I filled a sketchbook with pen drawings.  You can see a few of them 

May 2014
'Idir Dhá Aigne' opens in the Cultúrlann on 1 May 2014 at 7.00pm.  My twelve works will be exhibited together with twelve by John Stewart and ten each from Coláiste Feirste and Ashfield Girls School.  The exhibition is the culmination of work over the past year which included sketching workshops and walking tours. One of my pieces below 'Ag amharc soir', aicrileach ar chanbhás, 61cm x 122cm


April 2014

Was off in Lindos on the Island of Rhodes over in 2014.  Just been able to compile the sketches from the trip onto a page.  
Lindos 2014


June 2013
 Had a serious week of drawing and thinking with a great group in Cloch na Rón (Roundstone) and Inishlacken in Connemara. All part of the Inishlacken Project run by Rosie McGurran and inspired by Gerard Dillon who spent time on the island. 
Lobster pots at the pier on the island.

I'm one of the architects to be featured in this forthcoming film and book on architects sketchbooks.You can view the pretty cool trailer for the film at this link. Well done Paul and Connor.


Bhí lá den scoith agam ag sceitseáil an chrannóg atá i mbun tochailt.
Bunaithe ar an eolas atá siad a bhaint den suiomh tá siad ag athscriomh scéal conaíocht in Eireann insan méan aois.

This view from the ninth floor of River House .  Acrylic on canvas board. 32"× 20"

This piece 'Cut off Bollards 6, 26 and 32 Andersonstown Barracks Site' was exhibited in the Royal Ulster Academy 2012 Exhibition. More info.

Headed off to 
Lindos for a couple of weeks and drew and drew. The full story.


Travelled to 
Cinque Terra in the north of Italy in July 2012.  Great place.  You can see the sketches from the trip here.

You can read about my sketching and view sketches of 
Carcassonne in the south of France here.

I had a very enjoyable trip at Easter time to Barcelona with a crowd of wine tasters.  Drawings were very much in the sketching style for this trip.  You can see the full set here.

Idir Peann Luaidhe agus paipéar (between pencil and paper) is an exhibition running January - March 2012 in An Chultúrlann, Falls Road Belfast.

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