May 10, 2011

These two works, Henry St Pub and Kenmare Gates depict some of the small handmade details that make Kenmare town so special. Florry Batt’s millwork storefront is well proportioned. Graceful arches frame the view. The hand made lace-like gate and painted signage complement the whole. I am glad I caught this image before the wood […]

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Moriarty’s Bakery

May 4, 2011

Do you remember the taste of Moriarty’s bread and the smell of the buns on Thursdays?¬†New to Kenmare, in search of floor covering, I was told to call in at Johnny Carpet’s on New Street. Next to the old Cinema building, now Johnny’s carpet showroom, I came upon a little white building with its blue […]

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The Real Shopping Mall

April 26, 2011

The US architectural firm I worked for was famous for urban renewal projects. Capital for renewal projects was often short though. The main way to attract money was to visualize a good retail mix and sell the concept to City Hall. Add a wealthy developer and a persuasive leasing agent, and the result could be […]

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Empty Extension

April 21, 2011

When the girls were younger, the O’Sullivan Car Showroom and Garage at Bell Heights used to capture my eye every schoolrun morning. By 1998 no new cars were on display there, only modest family cars waiting for sale or repair. I have no interest in the motor trade, but I was fascinated by the almost […]

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Boom Bust

March 29, 2011

This painting¬†Shirts off Our Backs III (oil, 45x45cm) was submitted to the 2011 Beara Arts Festival. The theme is familiar to many of my works that predicted the bust and warned about the boom. This painting is a commentary on our obsession with houses and owning them. – Only it is getting more and more […]

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