ARTIST - SAVANT ARTIST COLLECTIVE
The Humble Painter
I was born in Ireland in the 70’s and grew up in Malaysia, The United States, England and Scotland. Before my accident, I honestly didn’t have an artistic bone in my body.
My journey as an artist began with a bang; when I sustained a head injury from an impact causing damage to the left side of my brain.
After my concussion, I started seeing the color purple and vivid, morphing geometric shapes flooded my mind. Visually, my brain was on overdrive.
During recovery, my speech therapist recommended art therapy but, when I began, I noticed something different: I suddenly knew how to draw.
At first my art was what I called “exacting”, being very accurate with my work almost as if looking at a photo. Then my work began to blur and bend that reality, creating something only I could see. When I finally let go, painting was like conducting a symphony of colours, textures and perspective.
I create my art from what I feel and see on the inside. It’s a mixture of exact and abstract forms, merging into a living, colourful journey. I create using the mediums of acrylic, water and graphite and I am particularly drawn to the desert and the mountains. They emerge in almost every painting I create.
I believe the accident resulted in the loss of my ego. I am now able to appreciate every artist for their own creativity and style. It’s a rare gift I have been given and one I cherish from my being, with humility and honesty.
This journey has brought me to the quiet mountains of Spain, where I now live surrounded by inspiration and love. I’m supported by my incredible wife and children, encircled by friends and family who mean the world to me.
Traumatic Brain Injury is a “silent disease” and goes so often un-noticed. TBI forced me to leave my work but a dream of supporting my family by painting is now on the horizon. Through my art, I try to spread the word about TBI by donating or selling my work to organisations with the same mission in mind. I invite you to explore my work and for a moment experience the world the way I see it.
If you would like to contact me about an original piece or NFT, please reach out.