THE PAINTINGS of a prestigious Kilkenny-based artist have been shortlisted for an award in London.
Sheelagh Cross was born in North London but returned to the Kilkenny area eight years ago as it is where my family originates. Sheelagh spent a great deal of her early years painting and generally being creative and after bringing up her family decided to further her creative education as a mature student studying art and design in Cambridge and Hertfordshire where she attained a distinction in fine art.
“The move to Ireland was quite a big decision but for me it was the right one as I have the time, space and peace and quiet in which to work and develop my art. I mainly work in oils, some people would recognise my work as I mainly use black and white. I take inspiration from the landscapes of the beautiful surrounding area where I am very lucky to live in.
“I also work in ink and sometimes combine ink with soft pastel to create quirky images of busy cityscapes and buildings Back in November I decided to apply to The Cork Street, London open exhibition,” she said.
The exhibition is run twice a year and is in aid of a crisis for homeless people it takes place in a fairly prestigious part of London. I sent in my details and found to my delight that three of my oils on canvas been shortlisted, there were around 2000 applicants and just 200 have got through the first round. I will be heading to London this weekend with my work which will go before an independent judging panel so I’m keeping my fingers crossed, if my work is not selected it will still listed in the catalogue. Something like this is a great boost to any artist as as most of us beaver away at our craft in solitude an then lay ourselves open to public view so it’s very nice to be recognised.”
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