Moun­tain­ous land­scapes cap­tured in oil paint­ings

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‘Mem­o­ries of Home’ is an ex­hi­bi­tion of oil paint­ings by Ada McCune which will be on at Sig­nal Arts Cen­tre in Bray from Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 15 un­til Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 28.

‘I was born in 1937 in a small min­ing vil­lage called Moorends near the York­shire moors,’ said Ada. ‘I have al­ways been in­ter­ested in draw­ing and paint­ing, and on coun­try­side walks with my grand­fa­ther, I de­vel­oped a deep love of na­ture and land­scape. I have a vivid mem­ory of see­ing my first king­fisher while walk­ing along a stream in the Dales – that flash of turquoise has stayed with me 80 years.

‘When I moved to Dublin in 1961, the land­scape of the Dublin and Wick­low moun­tains re­minded me of York­shire. Hav­ing 4 chil­dren and all that en­tails, my paint­ing was put on hold un­til the 70s.

‘On fam­ily hol­i­days to the west of Ire­land, I spent time ob­serv­ing and sketch­ing the beauti- ful land­scape,’ said the artist. I still go back to these dog-eared sketch-books from time to time. These draw­ings trans­port me back to a place and time – evok­ing mem­o­ries. What is im­por­tant to me in the land­scape is light and form. On any given day in Con­nemara, the light can change a thou­sand times. I wish to de­scribe the light as it bathes the land­scape. Mist fas­ci­nates me – how it can soften and erase the harsh lines of a rugged land­scape. I try to cap­ture a land­scape in north­west Done­gal as the mist comes in from the sea.

‘Re­cently I re­turned to York­shire for a hol­i­day. I was struck by how sim­i­lar the York­shire land­scape is to parts of Ire­land. Mem­o­ries of my child­hood are in the work.

‘These days I paint in my small stu­dio in Malahide for a few hours ev­ery day. I feel it’s es­sen­tial for me to have a cre­ative life.’

An open­ing re­cep­tion will take place on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 18, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

A paint­ing by Ada McCune.

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