About the Artist
Noreen Gallagher is an abstract impressionist. Her love for art began in high school in Ireland where she studied History of Art as well as having the opportunity to put her skills to the test. She was encouraged by high grades in her final exams.
Following many years of struggle in her personal life, she turned again to art to find solace for her troubled soul. She attended art classes and workshops in Ireland, United Kingdom, United States of America and in Spain. In 2009 her passion was reignited when she picked up a book on Renoir and his works at a yard sale in the USA.
During those difficult years while struggling through life issues she poured herself into writing poetry and short stories; she spent hours painting Plein Air. It gave her purpose and kept her sane. Her love and appreciation for nature deepened through observing life more deeply. Her work was displayed in a local gift shop in Branson Missouri.
Traveling offered flexibility and opportunity to indulge her passion for art and the healing it offered. There was freedom in both. Diversity in culture and a oneness in connection with other artists. She felt at home;. Her connection and participation with other artists and writers gave her opportunity for deeper relationships. She was encouraged and enriched by these experiences.
The aesthetic in Noreen’s work is that ‘oneness’ with nature and her Creator. Her love for trees is reflected using various shades of green while delightful blues are used to introduce water scenes and deptict the mysterious expanse of space. Noreen’s work is vibrant, alive with colour and energetic. She ‘brings to life’ autumn leaves and ditches. Masterpieces that are sure to enhance any room. Inspired by nature she flows through the seasons of life. Her work reflects this ebb and flow of life.
She desires to embrace the peace, joy and stillness in nature and share this passion through her art. Healing and restoration bring her hope and joy. Her aim is to share this with others and be an encouragement to them.
Noreen continues to develop her skills; by frequent practice in her home studio – in Northern Ireland. Using a palette knife, she uses acrylic paints to work on various sized canvases and wood. Inspired daily by the wealth of nature that surrounds her home; trees, long grasses, rivers and mountains are among her favourite subjects. Her most recent collection depicts hedge and river life, using her unique technique she captures their beauty. Heavy paint poured, splashed and twisted onto the prepared canvas and wood, her work is left to dry thoroughly before being sealed and varnished to preserve it for years to come. .
She believes God is using her to share with others this beauty which was created for our protection and enjoyment. Sadly, a beauty that too often goes unnoticed.
She believes in One God, One Spirit – And her one purpose is to glorify God the Creator and share that with others.