Roxanne studied Fine Art at DIT and NCAD. She lives and works in Dublin and teaches
art classes. She lives close to the Botanic Gardens, several parks and the sea which
inspire her work; as does the coastline and landscape of Wicklow and West Cork.
Her paintings begin with sketches on location. These drawings are used to develop
her paintings in her studio. She uses paint in dense textured layers to allow the
work the energy and transience that the landscape evokes. Then she scrapes the paint
back to get a fluid surface to improve the element of change and transition in the
work. Each painting is an evolving examination of place and technique, a legacy
of which remains on the surface.
WATERS EDGE July 2016.
This exhibition is inspired by nature and the landscape of Ireland.The works are
oil on board andthe title ‘Water’s Edge’ refers to the mud flats, lakes, rivers and
water that has accumulated in man made areas.The waters reflections then enhances
the surrounding landscape which is an inspiration for the painter.
The sites that have inspired these works are: The wild coastline of the West of Ireland,
Lough Boora Park (a cut-away bog left by Bord na Mona to nature), Glenbarrow at the
source of the River Barrow in Co.Laois and North Bull Island Nature Reserve with
mud flats and sand dunes, which is a continually changing tidal environment. These
landscapes include lakes, wetlands, waterfalls, steep valleys and water filled turf
trenches. Roxanne represents these using a palette of ochre, burnt sienna, Indian
red, umber and golden yellow, blue and mauve.
‘I like to leave room in my work for that something else to happen, to change on
the instant, just as the landscape awaits the next change in light, a shower, a movement
on the waters surface, the flow of a river, the ebb of a tide or the change of a
season.To capture the spirit of a place and the relentless energetic force of nature.
The impasto technique used in applying the paint lends itself to depicting this energy,
and subtle or dramatic change.Nature is in control and we are the observers.‘ Roxanne