Two West Cork Artists Capture their Shared Muse, The West Cork Landscape

Anastasia O'Donoghue Healy

“Abundance:Land,water,light” seems an appropriate title to call an exhibition opening on August 4th at The Aisling Gallery Ballydehob which celebrates the work of two West Cork artists, Fiona Power and Anastasia O’Donoghue Healy and their shared love for the landscape in all its seasonal glory.

A graduate of Fine Art from Sligo IT in 1988, Fiona Power was a member of the Pigeon Loft Studios in Sligo and of the Backwater Artists Group in Cork city. She has been living and working in West Cork for over 20 years, where her studio overlooks Dunmanus Bay, surrounded by meadows and fields of cattle. Working en plein air and in her studio, she employs a variety of techniques and materials – glazing, impasto and drawing. She says “I’m inspired by the beauty of colour and the emotion of the ethereal moments of change in the atmosphere of a particular place and time. I’m interested in the land, sea and sky that present themselves in ever evolving moments of drama and beauty”. Fiona has exhibited widely including the RHA Annual Open., and her work is held in many collections in Ireland and abroad.

Fiona Power

As Louis le Brocquy said “painting is a secret logic of the imagination”. In self taught artist Anastasia O Donoghue Healy’s attempt to explain her logic she says her paintings capture “Another Way of Seeing” which is informed as much by her journey to painting as by her growing interest in awareness consciousness and the writings of Eckhart Tolle. Anastasia aspires to capture the “isness” of the landscape at a given time. She paints her landscapes en plein air as she feels this invites a more intimate experience of the landscape. She responds to this experience intuitively and rapidly by her use of colour and mark making. Shortlisted in the National Open Art between the UK and Ireland in 2015 and again with two paintings in 2016 Anastasia continues to refine both her craft of painting and the art of living.

Abundance: Land,water,light” opens on August 4th at 7pm At the Aisling Gallery for two weeks over the well known Rosies Bar, Main Street, Ballydehob Village, West Cork.

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