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Two women artists cap­ture, in an ex­hi­bi­tion open­ing this week in Bal­ly­de­hob, their muse — West Cork.

Two women artists cap­ture, in an ex­hi­bi­tion open­ing this week in Bal­ly­de­hob, their share muse — the West Cork land­scape.

The ti­tle of the ex­hi­bi­tion is Abun­dance: Land, wa­ter, light fea­tur­ing two West Cork­based artists, Fiona Power and Anas­ta­sia O’Donoghue Healy.

The ex­hi­bi­tion opens Friday, at 7pm, in the Ais­ling Gallery which is over the well­known Rosies Bar in the Mizen vil­lage’s Main Street.

Or­gan­is­ers said the ex­hi­bi­tion is a cel­e­bra­tion of the work of the two artists and their “shared love for the land­scape in all its sea­sonal glory”.

Fiona, a grad­u­ate of Fine Art from Sligo IT in 1988, was a mem­ber of the Pi­geon Loft Stu­dios in the north-west and of the Back­wa­ter Artists Group in Cork City.

She has, how­ever, 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 both en plein air and in her stu­dio, she em­ploys a va­ri­ety of tech­niques and ma­te­ri­als — glaz­ing, im­pasto and draw­ing.

“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,” she said. “I’m in­ter­ested in the land, sea and sky that present them­selves in ever evolv­ing mo­ments of drama and beauty.”

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.

“I’m in­ter­ested in the land, sea and sky that present them­selves in ever evolv­ing mo­ments

Fiona Power, like her co-ex­hibitor, is in­spired by land­scapes of West Cork.

Anas­ta­sia O’Donoghue Healy is one of two artists ex­hibit­ing at the Ais­ling Gallery in Bal­ly­de­hob.

‘Long Strand’ by Anas­ta­sia O Donoghue Healy.

A seascape from Fiona Power.

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