My name is Caroline O'Farrell. I am an artist based in Granard County Longford. I was born on the shores of the Wild Atlantic Way, in Easkey County Sligo. My interest in painting was kindled at a very young age. Every year I would receive from Santa a little shiny tin box of paints, they were all the colours of the rainbow. I would sit at the kitchen table and paint for hours. When I stepped outside my door the breath-taking beauty of the landscape surrounded me. From the ever-changing colours of the wild Atlantic waves to the beautiful reflections of the sky as they danced across the water and the sea breeze blowing through my hair. The beautiful rustic stone walls on my father’s farmland leading down to the seashore. In summertime picking little flowers alongside my mother as she lovingly tended her garden. So much of my inspiration comes from those childhood memories.
However, with many twists and turns in my life, it was many years later before I pursued my dream of becoming an artist. My art cannot be placed within the boundaries of a single style or genre. I work primarily in vibrant and energetic acrylic colours, applying them with brushes to linen and cotton canvas. On some pieces I like to use pastes and gels, using palette knifes to build up a rich texture. I like to pursue the magic memories of the little tin box of paints. Each piece is carefully varnished to protect and preserve it for generations to come. My paintings bring pure joy to me, and I truly hope they bring the same to you.
I have participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions as an artist and my work can be viewed on different social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. I am represented by two on-line Galleries. In 2020, I was delighted to set up my own studio Gallery in Granard County Longford which can be viewed by appointment. Many of my pieces are happily residing in their new homes here in Ireland and in different parts of the world.