About the Artist

Bridie Smyth -   Artist

Bridie has been firmly established as a talented local artist, with particular flair for still-life and landscape painting. Her work spans a range of subjects and media from ink drawing to figurative painting, mixed media and pastels.

Road Painting

Bridie developed a love and interest for art and all things creative from a young age. Her main source of inspiration is drawn from her strong roots in County Monaghan, where she grew up on a farm in rural Ireland. She is now situated in Madden, where she teaches painting, drawing and calligraphy classes in her local community centre and also in her personal art studio which she opened in 2010.

Mountain Painting

Furthermore, she completed a FETEC award in MIFET. Afterwards, she attended Newry Institute and studied Foundation level Art & Design and then went on to complete her HNC in Fine Art which was awarded by Huddersfield University. Bridie has held several successful solo exhibitions and carried out a number of private and public commissions.


Artist Statement

Golden dress       painting

Growing up in the countryside has instilled a love of nature in me, which I have tried to incorporate into my artwork. In each of my landscapes I have tried to capture the beauty of nature - from the simple sunset to the changing colours of autumn. In many of my pieces I have also attempted to create a secret hideaway, detached from the chores of everyday life, where one can relax and feel in harmony with nature.

Education

Swing

2005: Studied at Newry College of Further and Higher Education – Level 5 BTEC HNC in Fine and Applied Art awarded from Huddersfield University

2001: Monaghan Institute of Further Education and Training – Level 2 FETEC award