Deborah Maguire

statement

One of my earliest childhood memories is of drawing at the Hugh Lane gallery with my mother. This was the beginning of a journey which took me to art galleries and artists studios around the world and inspired me to take up painting. Oil paint is my favourite medium as it allows me to create vibrant images, building up a rich depth of colour and texture and using layers of paint to illustrate the dramatic effect of light and shade on the irish coastal landscape.

I paint in an impressionist style while creating images of contemporary and urban scenes. I also enjoy using pastels for the instant gratification of seeing an image come to life and, in particular, for images of mediterranean scenery and vibrant sunsets. I concentrate on local and coastal landscapes and spend a lot of time photographing the Fingal coastline. I live by the sea and I'm heavily influenced and inspired by the local coastline. It’s constantly changing nature drives me to try to capture dramatic moments.

My style is influenced by Paul Cezanne, Paul Henry, Estella Solomons, Jack B. Yeats, Dave West and the Irish female cubist painters Mary Swanzy, Rosaleen Brigid Ganly and Evie Hone. When I am not painting, I enjoy visiting art galleries with my family and watching Portrait Artist of the year.