83-85 Main Street
Bushmills, Co. Antrim
Tel. 028 2073 1324
BIO: Sara McNeill
Sara is a professional artist/leaturer living in Donaghadee, but her inspiration for her work has mainly come from the wild Atlantic coast of both Donegal and Connemara the dramatic Atlantic weather and the remoteness are all reflected in her work, but also there is a sense of history connecting with the past. This can be seen in the Interior scene’s showing the way we use to live a simple but in many ways hard, these images are drawn from the Ulster Folk Museum and the Omagh American Folk Park, which Sara would sit and draw the scene in front of her.
It is the past which inspires her. That love of nature is also reflected in the painting of the bogs around Clifden, the largest bogland in Europe. This love of nature and the past can also be seen in her paintings of waterfalls represented by Glenariff in Co Antrim. It’s very rare to see Derrryclare Lake with such dramatic reflections. On her way to stay in Clifden, she made some studies of the lake which were translated into oils. The purity of the light fascinated her.
Autumn Bogland, Reflections, and the other paintings of the Blanket Bog are abstract and semi-abstract paintings. Also included in the genre would be the paintings of waterfalls, which allow her to indulge her passion for colour and texture, something not too compatible with her more academic works, associated more with her teaching at North Down College of further Education and with her private students.
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