Forgotten Coast, Florida, USA
I am delighted to be invited to join in the 13th Forgotten Coast en Plein Air event on the Gulf of Mexico coast of western Florida where I will be honoured to rmeet some of my painting heroes. This 10 day festival in May sets out to highlight aspects of a beautiful and unique environment and a way of life in danger of slipping away. This year, the theme will be the built environment. Of course, I am looking forward to having great fun, doing loads of painting and learning from artists whose work I have admired for a long time. But it is also marvellous, to hopefully be able to contribute something to an important cause. I will do my best to learn how one of the major plein air events in the USA is run so successfully and to forge some new links with Ireland's Art in the Open.
29 July - 6 August
Ireland's 11th international plein air painting festival with 200 artists over a 9 days returns for over a week of creativity. Popular with Americans and Europeans alike, this is a special event in Ireland's cultural calendar.
Paint Annapolis Plein Air Event: 4 -11 June 2017
I was honoured to have been selected by artist and author Al Gury to take part in Paint Annapolis alongside 29 other artists on the shores of Chesapeake Bay in Maryland USA. It was also special to win a major prize at the event for Best Painting featuring Chesapeake Bay.
Painting in Tuscany May 2016
In May 2016 I spent a week painting just a few miles outside Florence as a guest of Tuscany Plein Air. Based in a traditional Tuscan villa with magnificent views and surrounded by olive groves teaming with wildflowers and rolling hills this is an inspirational painting setting.
There is a special climate in the River Arno valley surrounding Florence with moisture in the air and light clouds making for spectacular morning skies and sunsets and full sun in the afternoons.
I produced 20+ paintings on the trip, some of which are uploaded here.