This was my third exhibition of paintings inspired by Irish traditional music, musicians & dancers. The title Caisleáin Óir translates literally as Castles of Gold, but the meaning is synonymous with the saying to “build castles in the air” meaning to have dreams that seem impossible. Yet it seems to me, the people in these paintings have all built their castles, whether or not their achievement is recognised by themselves, or by others. This exhibition is above all, a celebration of the excitement, joy, and beauty that these people express through their music and their dancing.
The paintings formed a touring solo exhibition in 2000 at the following venues in Ireland: The Kennedy Gallery, Harcourt Street, Dublin 2, and the Willie Clancy Summer School of Traditional Music, Milltown Malbay, Co Clare.