In my nature:
Is an exhibition of paintings and ceramics at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin, running until Sunday the 29th of May.
There are seven artists taking part. Ceramics: Sinead Glynn, Niamh Synnott, Cathy Burke and Niam Harte. Visual art: Declan Greany Dedge, Colette Edwards and Berni Shine.
The gallery space in the visitors centre complements the work, as you can see from the above photographs.
The invitation to be part of this show came completely out of the blue. Initially I was very reluctant, coming up with lots of excuses. It was short notice. How would I manage? Will it cause a flare up of pain? Am I good enough?
Eventually with lots of encouragement from friends and family and a desire to be part of a creative project, I made the commitment to take part. There were days when I really struggled, from tiredness and with my old nemisis, lack of confidence. In time, I actually began to look foward to setting up my work each morning.
I had to be disiplined, making sure not to spend more than two hours a day painting, but truthfully that was hard to do, and at times I overdid it! Haveing a goal and a deadline is very motivational!
There is no doubt that creativity is a lifeline for me , and I am so grateful for it.
I’ll admit I was nervous arriving at the exhibition on the night of the opening, seeing my work for the first time in situ. It was a surreal moment. The sun beamed through the windows, casting a beautiful light. I met some of the other artists for the first time. There work is very professional and beautiful. It was particularly lovely for me to be exhibiting alongside my good friend Colette, something we had always wanted to do.
There were old friends and work collegues there, some of whom I haven’t seen for a long time. Even though I was shattered at the end of the evening, I have no regrets and am glad I made the effort.
I’d like to thank the rest of the group , who did all the preparation and setting up.
Finally I would encourage everyone who can, to visit the National Botanic Gardens, and of course while your there take a look at this very special Exhibition. (well I would say that!)
And suddenly you know its time to start something new
and trust the magic of beginings