Tommy’s Music / The Source was my second series of paintings inspired by Irish traditional music, musicians & dancers.
Tommy’s Music is a series of five images inspired by Tommy’s own composition, and tunes I associate with him. Inspired by hearing Tommy playing these tunes, not by the literal titles of the tunes themselves, the titles and content of the paintings represent and symbolise the emotions present in the tunes as Tommy played them.
The Source is a series of five narrative portraits of fiddle players who were my current influences musically at the time, and are all associated with, or influenced by Tommy. These also include the title portrait of Tommy himself “Tommy’s Music / The Source”.
The paintings formed a touring solo exhibition in 1997 at the following venues in Ireland: