I studied at the National Art School, completing a BFA with Honours in Painting. Since finishing my studies in 2015 I have painted part time from my home studio. My focus has been on increasing my technical skills as a painter. At Art School I identified my artistic interests as being in Dionysian Intoxication, an idea presented by Friedrich Nietzsche in The Birth of Tragedy. My interpretation of this concept is that the act of creating offers serenity, excusing one from taking life too seriously. The figures I paint either pursue or reflect upon a purpose that is not apparent, engaging in the absurd, whimsical world in the wake of Dionysian Intoxication. Within these parameters I am increasingly interested in the creation of a beautiful painterly surface. I seek a balance between the illusory and physical qualities of oil paint in order to create absurd, beautiful and pointless objects.