Cathy Hughes grew up in Westport, Co Mayo, spending her summers in Old Head, Louisburg and Inismor, Aran Islands. The colours of the landscapes, the maritime environment and the imagery of Celtic mythology found in these locations have been a significant and ever present influence on her art.
Cathy has been immersed in Irish Arts and Crafts from a young age inspired as a very young girl by her mother who specialised in Irish Antiques and working as a youth in Carraig Donn; the family business of Irish handmade knitwear, goods and crafts.
Her early involvement with the Arts led to her painting, from a young age, regularly winning school and community youth art competitions.
Graduating from University College Dublin in 1978, with a degree in Social Science, Cathy settled in Galway, raising three children and has worked in many fields including community work, business, personal training and development.
Cathy has been influenced by a number of West of Ireland established artists and is a member of the Paint Box Art group in Galway. She has spent time training in Florence and Tuscanny, Italy developing abstract skills which have influenced her paintings.
While her main inspiration comes from the beauty and ruggedness of the West Coast of Ireland, she is also influenced by artists like Tony O’Malley and the German abstract artist, Rita Wobbe, who lives and works in Kinvarra, Co Clare.
Cathy’s recent work has tended towards the abstract with the use of mixed media in her work and is greatly influenced by Celtic mythology and local folklore and customs.
Cathy has sold her work through Dolans Art auctions, Charity auctions and Private collection sales. Her most recent exhibition activities have been the Cool Swans exhibition at The Galway museum Dec 2008 and The Paint Box exhibition during the 2009 Volvo Ocean Race stopover in Galway.
Cathy is presently working on a series of paintings, entitled “Aran Stitches” depicting the age old story of the Aran Sweater and the traditional life style of the Aran Islands.
Her online gallery at www.galwayart.ie shows some of the paintings currently available in her studio. Cathy is happy to receive contact from anybody wishing to arrange a visit with a view to making a possible purchase.
More artworks coming soon.