CurDane Art Studio Ciara Curtin... 

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I am an East Cork Artist in love with creating and allowing my heart to explore the beauty within nature and the Animal Kingdom around me. I also see the aspects within the animal kingdom and the world around us that needs a voice, therefore some of my artwork will not only portray the beauty within nature but the cruelty that is forced upon it. To show the vulnerability in mammals, their instinctively caring and healing ways without forgetting their strength, grace and instinct to survive. To display the creatures at play as well as the victims of man's game. 

In all to see the Balance, to portray the light and the dark. This continues throughout my themes that I bounce between depending on the mood.. (See my themes below)

The Beginning
I began my passion for art at a very young age, apologies to those adults whose walls I destroyed with pen or paint or whatever I could get my hands on :-) I fell in love with painting more and more with every year that passed. I did two years in Limerick Art and Design School where I began my studies in Print. I continued my Art education solo, finding more exploration and satisfaction in my work, to create without boundaries.

My subject matter, when young, used to be mainly animals but as I experimented with different mediums, I roamed and explored many topics, allowing my heart to grow but finding what subjects stimulated my creative passion more. My fingers/hands roamed into Landscapes both near and far, Life-drawings to topics that encourage the viewer to form emotions or/and questions. To deepen the viewers relationship with themselves. Depending on what imagination does with the information it has been given, my heart depicts through the hands to paper or other. 

I work mainly with oil on canvas or board, Acrylic and Charcoal/ Graphite/ Pen but do from time to time return to watercolour where my adventure first began. I also do etchings when I can gain time to get to print studio. The interest to create and learn also ventures into Wood carving, clay, pottery/ ceramics and knitting but these are more for fun and creativity outlets.

My father introduced me to photography as a child which I fell in love with, that idea of capturing moments in time or the perfect scene. In my artwork I use them a lot as studies or with imagination bring ideas to canvas

When asked what inspires my work, sometimes it is hard to answer, my mood at the time, photography of a place or moment, fellow artists, a book or movie or even an event that creates a feeling or atmosphere. Irregardless it is a moment in time I wish to capture through my eyes transferred to paper/ canvas via my hands …. 

If you wish to know more about me, follow along on Facebook or Instagram (@CurDaneArtStudio or if you wish to see a more wholesome storyline of my journey follow  @Curdane_Journey, displaying the whole me...) 
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Main Themes

1. Animal Kingdom - Animal Portraits

2. Mother Earth 
Nature in all it's glory, the pure wonder. I paint from my photography studies but also with a little imagination, painting pictures from photos that have a wee surprise in the capture, naturally caught characters, some with meaning and some for fun. For a demo here is a photo I captured in West Cork, displaying the wind being blown by..... 
(The painting 'Father Sky'  is in progess, I will add here when complete)

3. Draíocht na hÉireann (Magic of Ireland)
The land, using my own photo studies, alongside the stories long gone by but not forgotten which each carries a lesson or message for the generations of today and to come. To display the magic, mystery & mythology and sometimes a little imagination thrown in! Can't let the fairies and leprechauns have all the fun ;) 

4. World Joys, Depths and Divisions
This is a theme I began in my late teenage years but slightly swirled away from but have returned back to. Concentrating on the individual in a crowd, where is the vibrancy of one, to the mass of many that seems to consume. Again the light and the dark co existing alongside each other, one unrecognising the other but both two sides of the same coin. The Dancers vs The Mourners, Sickness vs Health, Wealth vs Poverty and so on. 

More on the individual themes can be seen within the gallery as I could keep rambling here...