Maeve Taylor is a member of CHROMA Carlow Arts Collective. Originally from Dublin, she now lives in Carlow with her family. She started painting with oils in 2006. Her main interest is seascapes and landscapes but has also completed a number of commissions for dog portraits, among other things.
Maeve was a member of a longstanding artists’ group for five years and regularly exhibited locally with this group. She has exhibited and sold paintings in the last four years of the Incognito Exhibition in the Solomon Gallery, Dublin and had a painting selected for The Dublin Painting & Sketching Club Annual Exhibition in May 2017.
Mary Rose O'Grady is a self-taught artist from Rathmore, Tullow, Carlow.
She paints using oil on canvas and completes it with a U.V protection varnish. Her interest in art began as a child when she painted an oil mural on granite in a mill.
Since Lockdown 2020, inspired by the beauty of the world around her, Mary has been fulfilling her artistic dream by painting landscapes and nature. She uses a wet-on-wet technique. Her art is colourful, creative, quirky, modern and captures a moment in time.
Oladimeji Olaniyan was born and educated in Nigeria, graduating in 1999 with a BA in Fine and Applied Art from Obafemi Awolowo University. He then worked with Joshua Akande, a prominent Nigerian artist, as studio assistant for 5 years in Lagos.
Now based in Ireland, he was recently runner-up in the Nigeria Italy Art of Friendship Art Competition.
People and environment are his focus; anything that relates both positively and negatively to society could be chosen as his subject matter with ideas centred on crowd and abstract.
Olaniyan has exhibited extensively, including locally at VISUAL, Carlow Library and Made In Carlow Gallery.
Laois man Brendan McDonald is the author of the debut children’s book 'Elephant on the Farm'. Brendan is from a farming background in South Laois and complied the book during lockdown.
"I went to University of Limerick (UL) to study law, qualifying as a solicitor in Kildare before going in-house and joining IDA Ireland in 2012. In 2017 I became Regional Business Development Manager in the South East and I got the opportunity to move back to Carlow just 15 minutes from the home Farm”
Crumlin Hospital Connection
20% of net profits from the sale of the book will be donated to Crumlin Hospital. Brendan’s godson, Tommy spent a short time attending Crumlin a couple of years ago and wanted to make a donation from sales of the book" Brendan said.
Elita Korsiete is Latvian artist, who has lived in Ireland for over 20 years.
After having to stop work due to arthritis, about four years ago, she decided to focus on first love – Art. In particular, she enjoys working with Acrylic due to its versatility and the variety of effects she can re-create using it. Elita is passionate about learning new skills and techniques and has completed several FET courses in painting & mixed media.
“I hope to reveal my true direction in this mysterious world of Art soon.”