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!
Your home is a reflection of you, of who you are and what is important to you. It is your ‘space’, and it is so very important that when you decorate it you do so to your personal taste. It is not necessary, or even advisable to decorate to meet current trends...
Art can cheer us up! Just the act of making your workspace ‘yours’, and bringing something you love into it can create a sense of belonging, but added to that art has been proved to benefit your cognitive processes. Looking at a piece of art can be calming and meditative, it also increases blood flow to the brain which supports critical thinking, decision making, problem solving and creativity.
It may seem obvious, but who hasn't had a day when they were feeling so down that even hopping in the shower was a bridge too far? I've had some very low days, and now, when I'm in the midst of that darkness I set 'Taking a Shower' as one of just three tasks I need to...