Born in London of Irish extraction Monica lives and works both in Pembrokeshire and
on the Beara. Monica settled in Pembrokeshire (Wales) with her husband and family
in 1975. She describes herself as a late starter and only began to paint after rearing
seven children, running a hotel in Pembrokeshire and sailing around the western seaboard.
She visits those remote locations where the spirit of landscape is most palpable
– amongst the mountains, lakes, islands and rock formations of Beara and southwest
Kerry. Her work intuitively focuses on the interaction of colour, while trying to
define the spirit of place within the Irish landscape. She concentrates on the essence
of location rather than the actual scene.
‘For 14 memorable years we spent our summers and part of each winter at our home,
Master Gunners, on Bere Island. Our home looked directly on to Hungry Hill which
I painted it in all its moods from my studio window. I also spent many hours visiting
other hills and mountains on Beara, including Slieve Miskish, Maulin, Knocknagree.
I developed a love affair with mountains. They are sometimes etched against a dark
moody sky at others bathed in swirling mists. On summer evenings they reflect glorious
sunsets or the refracted light of rainbows.
Each time I go out with my sketch book the eye sees what it did not see before or
sees in a new way what it has already seen. As I penetrate into the life of mountains
I penetrate into my own; I AM! ‘.