Peatlands (2017-2019)

This series of paintings aims to capture both the preciousness and fragility of the peatland landscape in the west of Ireland where I live. Through the use of colour and symbols the paintings allude to the unique features of the landscape, its atmosphere, preservation of history and its slow growth yet rapid destruction due to turf cutting, commercial peat extraction, afforestation, drainage, burning. They also refer to the importance of peatlands as efficient carbon sinks, locking carbon away for centuries and reducing the impact of climate change.