In the frame
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.