I have been very fortunate to have been granted 3 residencies at Cill Rialaigh artists retreat in Ballinskelligs, Co Kerry. On the first occasion in December 2007, I endured the wind, rain and worst winter storms on record, but the second occasion, in December 2010, was a pleasure and an escape from the snow that the rest of the country was experiencing. The most recent one was in January 2016 and while the weather was perfectly miserable and wet….I managed to complete a project…. I made 13 pieces for an exhibition at the 77OMG Culture centre in Taiwan. On previous visits to Cill Rialaigh I managed to paint sheep as it was hard not to be inspired by the long haired mountain sheep wandering around our deserted village oblivious to the elements – always inspiring!The following images contain photographs of the area around Cill Rialaigh and images of some of my paintings and recent work..