I loved creating this painting – Every time I see Dalkey Island, it has a mesmerising effect on me. With the backdrop of a great big sunlit sky, it sends out a feeling of tranquility to all who witness it. What a special place!
What does it stand for?
Dalkey Island is an island for which the nearby village of Dalkey is named (Irish: Deilginis meaning “thorn island”). Its an uninhabited island located c. 16 km (9.9 mi) south of Dublin and 3 km (1.9 mi) south of Dún Laoghaire harbour. An important site of pilgrimage for centuries, it has been known as “St Begnet’s Isle” since records began.
It is an important site of ancient and historic remains. Artefacts from the island, now housed in the National Museum in Dublin, show that the island’s original occupants were from the Mesolithic, or Middle Stone Age. Humans continued to use the site through the Neolithic, Iron Age and Early Christian period. It is a home to a colony of seals and there is much birdlife too along with goats and rabbits. Kayakers and fishermen make good use of it too.
The painting measures 30×40 inches on canvas and is framed in a white box frame with inner mount.
Overall size 39 x 49 inches and makes for a very nice statement piece.