b. 1972. My father was from Bolton, North England and my mother (McCarthy) is Irish. I was brought up in Devon, living for many years in the market town of Newton Abbot where my love of racing began and a few school days were lost.
I have been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember, it was my source of income during school holidays and I won several art prizes. My paternal grandfather Ron Hodson was an artist and lecturer, exhibiting widely in the North of England but it never occurred to me to become an artist. I went on a year long Art Foundation course at South Devon College but chose to study History at Plymouth University and completed a Masters Degree in Irish Studies at Bath College.
In 1996 I moved to West Cork in Ireland where my mother’s family originate and where we spent family holidays as children. I began teaching and accepting commissions and I had my first solo exhibition in Spillars Lane Gallery, Clonakilty in 1998 which was a great success. I worked for some years as a Graphic Designer, painting and exhibiting in my spare time before turning to painting full time.
I work from my studio at home and my subjects tend to be equestrian especially horse racing and horse fairs. I also paint other animals and watercolours of West Cork. I have exhibited in Ireland and the U.K. in solo and group exhibitions and have work in many private collections. I am a member of the West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen and a Full Member of the Society of Equestrian Artists in the U.K.. I also support the following charities through my work; The Emile Faurie Foundation www.emilefauriefoundation.org.uk and the Injured Jockeys Fund www.injuredjockeys.co.uk
Most Recent Exhibitions (solo and group)
2017 April 'Members Exhibition' West Cork Art Centre, Skibbereen, Co.Cork
2016 Sept 'West Cork Drawings' West Cork Art Centre, Skibbereen, Co. Cork
2016 Sept 'Horse in Art' National Museum of Horse Racing, Newmarket, UK.
2016 June Equestrian Art, Irish National Stud, Co.Kildare.
2016 June 'West Cork Artists' Doswell gallery, Rosscarbery, Co. Cork.
2016 June 'Members Exhibition' West Cork Art Centre, Skibbereen, Co. Cork
2015 Sept 'Equestrian Art' Clonakilty Community Art Centre, Clonakilty, Co.Cork. Solo exhibition.
2015 Aug ‘Horse in Art’ Sally Mitchell Gallery, Nottinghamshire, UK. Juried exhibition.
2015 May Gallery Artists, Doswell Gallery, Rosscarbery, Co. Cork.
2015 May ‘Early Summer Exhibition’ Greenacres Gallery, Wexford. Group exhibition.
2015 March ‘An Capall’ The Grainstore, Ballymaloe House, Co. Cork. Solo exhibition.
2014 Sept 'Horse in Art’ Mall Galleries, London, UK Society of Equestrian artists (SEA) Jured exhibiton.
2014 July West Cork Art Centre, Skibbereen, Co.Cork. Members exhibition.
2014 May 'Equestrian Exhibition' Gallery North, East Sussex, UK. Group exhibition.
2013 Nov ‘I Found Horses’Old Fire Station Gallery, Henley on Thames, London, UK
2013 Sept ‘Horse in Art’ Mall Galleries, London, UK. Juried exhibition.
2013 Aug 'The Gathering' Celtic Ross, Rosscarbery. Group exhibition.
2013 July West Cork Art Centre, Skibbereen, Co.Cork. Members exhibition.
2013 May Greenacres Gallery, Wexford. Summer group exhibition.
2013 Feb Greenacres Gallery, Wexford. Group exhibition.
2012 Dec '10 Artists' Temperance Hall, Kinsale, Co Cork. Group exhibition.
2012 Dec 'I Found Horses' Art Gallery Europe, London, UK. Group exhibition.
2012 Dec Lavitt Gallery, Cork. Christmas exhibition.
2012 Nov Mernier Gallery, London. SEA juried exhibition.
2012 July West Cork Art Centre, Skibbereen. Members exhibition.
2012 April ‘Mill Cove Awards’, Mill Cove Gallery, Castletownbere, Co.Cork. Juried exhibition.
2012 Feb Greenacres Gallery, Wexford. Group exhibition.
2011 Aug Mall Galleries, London SEA juried exhibition.
2011 July ‘Summer Exhibition’ Doswell Gallery, Rosscarbery, Co.Cork. Group exhibition.
2011 July West Cork Art Centre, Skibbereen, Co.Cork. Members exhibition.
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