Curriculum Vitae

African Background

I was born in Zimbabwe where I spent my first twelve years.
I then moved with my family to Durban, Natal in South Africa, a sub-tropical wealth of lush vegetation, inhabited by a cultural mix of Xhosa and Zulu people, Indian, Colonial British, and Afrikaans settlers.

Move to Ireland

My husband, Alan, and I left South Africa in 1976 and found the wildness of Ireland appealed to the African in us, so we stayed.
After two years in Donegal we bought land in a secluded valley overlooking the River Lee, near Inchigeelagh in County Cork.
I feel at home here in this part of the country, which my great-grandfather left more than a century ago.

Professional Experiences

While making a living as a craftsperson, drawing and painting has always been important.
I exhibited watercolours at Gallery 44 in Cork in 1997 and took part in a group exhibition at The Green Gallery in Bantry, County Cork later that same year.

Current Projects

I am now working towards a diploma in Print at the Crawford College of Art and Design in Cork.
My work is changing and I am thoroughly enjoying the process.

Portraits

Portrait commissions can be painted from life in Ireland or from good quality photographs if you live across the water.

Contact Information

Post: Tir na Spideoga
Inchigeelagh
County Cork
Ireland
Phone: + 353 (0)26 47210
Email: abtaylor@eircom.net