Canvas Presents: Breaking Through by Ciara Gilmore

Canvas Presents: Breaking Through by Ciara Gilmore

Welcome to my first solo exhibition 'Breaking Through'!

'Breaking through' resonates with me in  two distinct ways;

My paintings always depict an area of light often in contrast to a darker area within the composition (or painting), for me this emergence of light through darkness reflects breaking through battles, struggles and negativity into a positive energy of hope, serenity and love.

'Breaking through' also reflects my journey as an artist.

I have painted all of my life but until 5 years ago I always preferred to paint realistically.  I did this because I believed that painting in this way was the hallmark of an accomplished artist.

Diving into expressionism was a massive step out of my comfort zone but for the first time, instead of using a photograph for inspiration, I was now using my intuition, my emotions and my memories.

I started to paint with freedom and joy, I broke all the rules and allowed my intuition to be my guide.

 When my new expressionist work was well received and being collected  around the world, I knew I had broken through that personal barrier I had created for myself.

I followed my gut and found my creative and happy place!

I'm so proud of this collection. Every mark made, and paint stroke applied is a little piece of me.

Ciara Gilmore 2023

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