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Working in oil paints on canvas – Anna’s chosen medium ever since she was in art school – it is the richness and vibrancy of the oil colours that best enable her to express her response to light on the landscape.
During many visits to Provence over the past few years, it has been vinyards, olive groves and wildflower meadows, as well as intimate corners of enchanting villages and the café scenes that have provided the inspiration for this collection. Anna has tried to capture those glimpses of Provençal life that linger in her memory, and that provide interesting comparison with the countryside of Cork, which has driven much of her painting for more than thirty years. Scarlet poppies have been a thread running through Anna’s many exhibitions of Irish, English and Moroccan landscapes – going back even to her first one-woman event in Norfolk in 1966 – and this exhibition, linking her vision of Provence and of Munster, is no exception.
As a professional artist, Anna particularly enjoys working from life en plein air, sketching, drawing and painting in an impressionistic and representational style.More than six hundred of her paintings are now in private and corporate art collections across Ireland, Europe, Canada, USA and Japan following sixteen one-woman exhibitions – some of them at her studio in Currabinny, that has been her home for more than thirty years.