It started at an early age, collecting rose petals and snails in the hedgerows. I got my first pocket camera at the age of 10 and turned to making portraits of the family, the kids and animals I knew.
Every roll of 12 black and white shots, was eked out over weeks until they were sent away to be printed as tiny, 2 inch square images. I've taken photographs ever since, snared by the alchemy. Photography is rich with creative possibilities.
While nothing much seems to happen down this long green lane, at some level absolutely everything happens! Contemplative photography practice opens up possibilities to see more deeply. How light reveals the mood of the day, how the smallest beings live and where, how trees shelter each other and the land. Photography captures fleeting moments in time, even as they pass into memory.
While the rhythms of nature keep my feet on the ground, I struggle with the unfathomable beauty of this planet and how close we are to the loss of it. Everyday I witness some ending, some small death, another piece of it at the edge of extinction.
In the wider world I describe myself as a nature loving feminist . It's a high wire balancing act. One foot on this tranquil green island and one foot in the chaos of creating change.
A Graduate of the National College of Art and Design in Dublin and University College Cork, I qualified as an Integrative Psychotherapist and have a Masters in Social Entrepreneurship. I spent ten years as a Lecturer in the Waterford Institute of Technology, worked for many years as a group facilitator and activist, then in 1994 co-founded Framework-building ethical leadership and practice . Over the years, Framework has developed creative methodologies, inclusive facilitation, training and set up and supported community based projects all over Ireland.
I have been blogging since 2011 and the Foxglove Lane Blog has won 4 national awards for Photography and a Silver Award in the Open House/Architectural Journal Competition, London. In 2016 I was invited to write a regular column with the Waterford News and Star called As I see it.
In 2018 I won the Gold Award for Best Photography in the Irish Blog Awards.
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On a rainy Sunday in 2011 I posted a photo on the first Foxglove Lane Blog. Since then I've been a regular photoblogger. When you follow the blog, you will get an occasional update to your inbox and a downloadable Guide to practicing Photography with Heart.
- Exhibition From seed to blossom, from blossom to fruit as part of Waterford Imagine Festival in October 2017
- Photography as memory project. An group exploration as part of the Bealtaine Festival in collaboration with the Garter Lane Arts Centre. You can view a slideshow of the process here. May 2017
- As part of the County Waterford Arts Office response to Rural Networking for Artists, co-founded a Women's Circle along the Copper Coast.
- Recently joined the Board of Waterford Healing Arts Trust 2017
- Collaborations with Artist Roisin Sheehy, Casadh and for Feile na Bealtaine, An Bean a Chuireadh Crainn
- Fortnightly column in the Waterford News and Star called As I see it.
- The online Heartography Course will come on stream later in the year. You can sign up here if you want to be kept informed about the launch.
- Just launched with the Women's Circle is the Women's Creative Cafe, check it out here.
- Bealtaine Festival 2018, in collaboration with Garter Lane and the Waterford Women's Centre, a new photography workshop over the month of May 2018.
- Women's Creative Cafe as part of the Well Festival 13th October 2018 6-9 PM in the Granary Cafe. Get tickets here
- Foxglove Lane Studio, Gold Award for Best Photography Blog in the Irish Blog Awards 2018.
- Featured on Creators.ie
- Group Exhibition, She stood in a storm, Rogue Gallery, Waterford. November 2018