“From my painting studio based in Quin, Co.Clare, I take inspiration from the natural beauty of the countryside.” – Helen Lowe
Did you always want to be an artist? How did you get started?
Always wanted to be an artist and followed a mechanical design career in creating printer, mobile phone and automotive solutions to the industrial sections. The career allowed me to travel the world visiting galleries that changed and challenged my art direction. Great family and friends got me started and their support has allowed me this great opportunity to do what I love doing.
Although I studied A-level art I decided not to go to Art College. I had a strong idea of the direction I wanted to take my work and was keen to continue experimenting on my own terms. So instead I pursued academic study, juggling my degree in Communication Advertising & Marketing at UUJ with my painting. At the end of the first year at university I was offered my first solo exhibition. To my surprise it was a huge success with many of my pieces being purchased within hours of the show opening. This was a great boost to my confidence and spurred me on to continue painting, experimenting and showing my work.
Who or what inspires you as an artist?
The inspiration for the paintings is derived from landscape, seascapes and animals. Ireland has so many great subjects that one could paint 24/7 and never run out of inspiration.
Have any other artists been influential in your work?
Louise Bourgeois, Frida Kahlo, Gwendolyn Knight.
What makes your pieces unique?
Each painting has a meaning in the way we live our lives. The painting a is stationary moment using 2D representation to create a conversation on been alive and happy. Mindfulness in each causing the viewer to stop and question what path do I choose.
Is there a specific technique that you use?
Yes I use transparent watercolor, impasto oils and sculpted encaustic paintings.
Do you have a favourite material that you work with?
Encaustic is my favourite.
What projects are you currently working on?
Irish heritage in sport, farming and life
Where can we buy your work?
In Quin, Co.Clare I have a studio. Or you can buy on my website quinartshop.com
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