Dorothy Ledwith is a native of Galway City and is currently a resident of Ennis, Co. Clare, where she has lived since 1985. She studied Graphic Art in RTC Athlone and worked in that industry in a number of years before becoming a full-time artist. Her work has been inspired, primarily, by the countryside of her native Co. Galway as well as those of Co. Clare and Co. Limerick. In more recent years she has also incorporated urban and industrial themes into her work.
“I work in oils, print and gouache. The subject matter of my work includes urban scape, landscape and still life. My immediate urban surroundings of old chimney pots, gable ends and rows of power lines feature regularly in my work. My art is representational and I work at highlighting the contrasts I see around me, like industry as it sits into the countryside, light reflected off water or the setting sun on a gable end. The view of The Shannon Estuary, from the road into Shannon Airport, is striking, the industrial and the rural meet and they continue to overlap with each other down the banks of the estuary. Travelling along the estuary the industrial landscape is very dramatic, with Aughinish, Foynes and Moneypoint providing a vivid and striking contrast to the countryside they sit in. I find it an engaging subject matter and a interesting new direction for my artwork.”
Title: “Shannon Estuary”
Medium: Oil on Board
Dimensions: 62 x 119cm