Who is Maria Jordan-O’Reilly?
An eclectic old bird, Maria Jordan-O’Reilly is a creative soul who uses visual art along with other forms of expression to examine her journey through life.
An artistic soul in a body that is getting older and a bit creaky at times. I love taking time to create words and images and to tap into my imagination. Currently my work continues to evolve, ever changing, as I explore and delve into different processes, tools and techniques.
My pieces are organically created, growing from my emotions and day-to-day lived experience. All are quite unique, and each piece adds to my body of work and indeed feeds into my ideas for future pieces.
Some days paint and brush call to me and demand expression, and others it is the pen that is most salient. Occasionally each inspire the other, and pen and brush; paint and words; come together in a flurry of thoughts that neither one can quite hold alone.
One thing I do know, with every venture towards expression, is that the outcome is never guaranteed, much like life itself!
Crosson’s pub, at the bottom of Bailieborough town, has a delightfully understated traditional shop front. It drew me and made me wonder what stories it might have to tell. I started to paint it and Eugene Markey posted one of the memories that came to his mind. “I...
Chats with Friends – In Conversation with Sarah, Attracta and Andrew Manson on The Irish Art Podcast
Its always wonderful to chat with friends, and this conversation was a very special one. Following a chat during a zoom call with other lovely members of the Biscuit Factory the effervescent Sarah Eva Manson invited me to come and chat to her wonderful family for the...