Lorraine Clarke


From an early age I began drawing and painting. I attended a full-time visual art course in GMIT in the early eighties but due to economic constraints was not able to progress further at that time.
I have however continued my interest and practice in art over the years by attending workshops and tutorials in many places including Morley College-London, Hugh Lane Gallery, National Print Museum, NCAD, Schoolhouse for Art, BlockT to name a few. I have exhibited locally in group shows and my artworks are in many private collections from Ireland to UK to Australia and USA.
During the summer I took my sketchbook with me when I went away for weekends in Ireland. It was a good opportunity to rediscover the beauty of the Irish countryside. The artworks that I am submitting are as a result of these travels. I find watercolour ideal for plein air painting – it is spontaneous and can have unexpected results – happy accidents! Raw sienna, burnt umber, light red, Windsor blue and yellow contribute to a particular ‘Irish’ palette. My focus was on an appreciation of our world which despite the threats and changes is enduring and a true constant in our lives.