I have always loved to create. It is part of who I am. For as long as I can remember I have been making and doing. I thoroughly enjoyed art classes at school and college and during the late 80s and early 90s I took painting classes with the late Brian Cross, who was a talented landscape artist and a gifted garden designer.
I trained as a primary school teacher at Carysfort College of Education, Blackrock, Co. Dublin and went on to become a principal teacher in a rural school in County Cork. During my whole teaching career art classes were a wonderful and magical haven to which I went and brought my classes. There, all the worries and cares of the day dwindled away and we were at peace and liberated. During my 35 year teaching career, I strove to nurture a love of colour and artistic expression in the children. I was fortunate to teach at three different primary schools and I like to think that I will be remembered for my flair and for my ability to develop the creative and artistic abilities of my pupils.
In 2010 I took early retirement to share in the care of my mother Birdie La Comber, who was 94 at that stage and no longer able to live alone. Thanks to my wonderful husband Terence, I was free to share my time between Thurles and Cork.
I began painting in acrylics, inks and water mixable oils on big canvasses in June 2013.During my weeks back in Cork, painting became my therapy to help manage the emotional impact of caring for my mother, who was suffering from vascular dementia. It is during this time that I started to develop my own particular style of painting. I worked for most of the days and occasionally through the night. I took great solace in my work and I produced a large number of paintings, which were piling up at home. It was suggested to me that I should exhibit the paintings.
Making a Show of Myself.... Aug 8th to 19th 2014 ... Coastguard Cultural Centre, Tramore, Co. Waterford.
Brush With Life.... August 19th to Sept6th 2015 ... Coastguard Cultural Centre. Tramore, Co. Waterford.
Christmas Group Exhibition.... December 2015.. The Old Market House Exhibition Centre, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford.
Hear My Colours, See My Voice.... August 5th to September 3rd 2016... The Old Market House Exhibition Centre, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford.
Group Exhibition... December 2016 .. The Old Market House Exhibition Centre, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford.
Colour Me Happy.... July 10th to 28th... Coastguard Cultural Centre, Tramore, Co. Waterford.
My work is on display at:
Lagoon Restaurant, Tramore, Co. Waterford
Cornmarket Shopping Centre, Cornmarket Street, Cork
The Bookshelf Coffee House, The Mall, Cork
If you would like to commission a painting please contact me at:
firstname.lastname@example.org, through the website or on mobile: 0861911054 from Ireland 00353861911054 from outside Ireland.
The art of creating is part of who I am. Most of my works are on large canvasses and are mixtures of acrylics, water mixable oils and inks. The works are mostly made up of multiple layers of paint. During the painting process it is as if the canvas dictates what it wants and where the painting is going. Each piece is a journey, almost a mystery tour. The canvas does not let go until it is satisfied that it has reached its final destination. My most vibrant works were produced during very dark times as if my spirit felt it should work with paint and canvas to create colour and life from darkness.
I am particularly heartened to inspire comments such as the following from a fan in New Zealand
"Those who have experienced sorrow best understand the meaning of joy’’ I find it hard to describe in words the way in which Trisha’s art affects me but the above describes for me the incredible healing power her pictures have. Her multi layers of colours and emotions come straight from the heart and touch my soul, taking me to a place of peace, joy and optimism. Her art is therapy for the soul.
Hearing comments from visitors to my exhibitions about the healing power of my paintings has been hugely encouraging for me and I am so happy that my work can help others as much as it has helped me.