About Laoise

The daughter of a seanchaĆ­ Laoise grew up in a 100 year old house with her extended family. She is strongly infuenced by past generations and the wild beauty of Ireland - "My Grandad was the last lamplighter in the Phoenix Park and my childhood memories are filled with life around the park and my Father's stories of anchient ledgends and Irish heroes. I will always have a deep rooted connection to this beautiful Island and it's surrounding waters, it's culture, history and passionate people.


With a background in Graphic Design Laoise's art is fresh, it exudes colour, movement and life, it also has an asthetic to it that makes it timeless and widly collectable.


Oil painting and Alcohol Inks are Laoise's passion with the occasional watercolour. The different mediums allow for different forms of expression with drastically different results. "Oils are reliable and workable allowing me to keep at a piece of art until I have the desired finish. Alcohol based Inks are unpredictable, unstable and difficult to control, but the exude texture and vibrant colour and the finished piece is unique and fragile".

Inspiration

My studio is Dublin based and part of my home. I spend a lot of time around the Irish coast, in boats and on our  islands, as my husband is a Scuba Diver, this gives me great opportunities to discover the smaller islands and lesser walked tracks and trails. As some of the islands are quite rural and don't have hotels or guesthouses I also get to meet the most interesting people and communities around this beautiful island. It's not possible to visit these places and not be inspired. These times bring me right back to my childhood holidays discovering Ireland, evenings spent around campfires listening to stories of an anchient land full of passion and culture. When I'm not near the sea the flowers, wild and cultivated are my inpiration in particular the flower gardens in and around the Phoenix Park.

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my background

Artist / Designer / Illustrator

My journey has always been the scenic route. I was accepted into Art College during my final year of school but ended up in hospital and missed the Art Exams. I did them the following year but had already started an apprenticeship in Graphic Art and Signwriting, I did this for aout 5 years and then was offered a full-time course in Graphic Design (Desk-Top Publishing) I was one of only 12 students in Ireland at the time. I worked in many industries as a designer inc Print and Irish Dancing Costumes. I returned to NCAD to study Art as a mature student and did their Higher Diploma in Fine Art. I currently work as a freelance illustrator and designer. Some of my design work can be seen at www.lindaminto.com

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Art Teacher

Part-Time Art Teacher/ Oil Painting

I teach Oil Painting in Hartstown Community School on a Monday night during term time as part of their Adult and Community Education Programme.. The class is very popular and caters for all levels. Students paint their own choice of painting in their chosen style and size. It's a very relaxing class and the students are encouraged to try new things and step out of their comfort zone when they are ready to do so. There are two terms a year each running for 10 weeks, one in Sept/Oct and the other starting in February. For information on the classes check out www.hartstown-cep.com

Community Art

Laoise has been the Liturgical Artist for St. Mochta's Parish for several years now.


One of the projects she is most proud of is the restoration of the Stations of the Cross which are over 100 years old.


Although most of the work she does involves the Children Lirturgy team and art to help the children enjoy and understand the stories and lessons she also does work decorating the church at times of celebration.

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Instagram


@laoise_art

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