1. Dromoland Castle in County Clare
Pencil, Ink pen & Water-colours on hand made paper
A Christmas present to a sister and her sister's husband after they spoke so fondly of their stay at Dromoland Castle in County Clare.
Sent to: England
I love the story behind this one! The person who commissioned me to draw this is a massive fan of all the original horror films. When his daughter was little, he would create stories where these 'monsters' under the bed were instead her protectors and friends that got rid of her night time fears. Now he re-tells these same stories to his grand-daughter as bedtime stories.
Sent to: Los Angeles
If you read the story below first, this one will make more sense. This portrait is of the Americans ladies daughter. He commissioned me to do both drawings so she could have them in her home.
Sent to: Boston
4. The Pub in Skellig Dingle
There is a great story behind how this couple met. I laughed so much when I was told. They first met in a pub in Dingle in County Kerry, Ireland. She was from America on her holidays visiting friends, and he on his holiday with his children, visiting from County Cork. During their conversation she mentioned she would be at the Dingle horse races the next day and he, casually said he might go as well . The next day it rained from the heavens and she decided not to go. The following day in a restaurant with her friends, a friend nudged her and said "Is that the man from the pub the other night?" She looked up, it was. He was standing some distance looking at her. She went over to said hello. He mentioned he had not seen her at the races the day before and she explained it was too wet a weather for her. At that moment, from around his side one of his small daughters burst onto the scene "That's why you dragged all of us up and down the race track that day!?"
The rest is history, this lovely couple have been together ever since, nine years on.
Sent to: Boston