Olivia is a graduate of The Crawford College of Art & Design. Since graduation, she has continued working as much as possible while raising a family. She has attended courses with the late Jo Allen in Cork, with Jane Skovgaard in the Kinsale Further Education, Kinsale Pottery and at Cork Printmakers. Her first solo show was at The National Software Centre, Cork. Olivia works from her studio at home, which is beside the sea in Kilbrittain, Co. Cork.
My Work is entirely inspired by my experiences of being close to the sea all my life. My paintings and drawings include direct responses to the rock formations along the coastline, the ruined buildings and the hulks of ships manoeuvring through the harbour. I can see my work is evolving more towards abstract as I explore the marks and shapes I am making by drawing blind and drawing from memory. I find these techniques liberating and exciting and they are revealing a more fluid and direct link from my memory, through my body to the working surface.
Membership: Backwater Artist Network