I am an artist/printmaker originally from Ireland now living in country Australia with my husband, two boys and my dog.
My artwork is available across a range of different formats, including a very quirky range of mobiles, as well as posters, hand coloured lion-cuts, dry point etching prints and even a tea towel. And its all (or mostly) about birds.
I have always loved drawing, when I was little it was cats. My mum used to have my drawings of cats all over the place. Big, fat, colourful, striped, whiskered cats.
Now my obsession has moved to birds. I wouldn’t call myself a bird watcher, more a bird noticer. When I moved to Australia in 2005 from Northern Ireland I was stunned by the difference in birds. It was this difference, above all others that really told me I was in a different country, very far from Northern Ireland!
It was also at this time that I discovered printmaking at one of the Australian Print Workshop’s weekend classes. I realised it was an interesting way to utilise my drawings and take them a step further. I felt my linear style translated well into etching and I loved the process involved.
After a year of using the facilities at the workshop I decided to enrol in a Masters of Fine Art, Printmaking at RMIT, Melbourne. After completing my studies I was granted a one year scholourship back at the Australian Print Workshop where I furthered my technical printmaking knowledge.
In 2009 I returned to Northern Ireland for two years, in which time I was a member of the Belfast Print Workshop. In August 2011 I got married to my Australian husband and we returned to Australia in September 2011.
All my etchings are made with high quality rag paper and printmaking inks. To learn more about the process of printmaking see my blog http://bridbird.blogspot.com/2008/02/yesterday-was-my-first-day-back-at.html