Irene Woods

Irene Woods is a self-taught artist who specialises in landscape painting. Some of her work is inspired by the Cooley Peninsula where she lives. She is a founding member of The North Louth Artists and her work is held in many private collections around the world an also in the public collections of the OPW, and the International Fund for Ireland.

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“Follow your dream, but be prepared to work, work and work. Every time you pick up a brush you learn something new – never stop looking.”

Irene Woods has had a long and distinguished career as a painter. Her career as an artist evolved over a number of years and she says that she can’t remember a time when she didn’t paint. As she had no formal training, she found achieving recognition and credibility difficult, however, she feels that: “on the other hand this gave me the opportunity to fully develop my own style”.

She is a founder member of the North Louth Artists group and has worked to find exhibition venues and organise their annual exhibition at The County Museum, which is a much awaited exhibition in the arts calendar of Louth.

We asked her about the artworks she has in our collections.
“The three paintings in the County collection are all very different from each other. The first Market Square was painted a number of years ago and was one of a number of paintings recreating local scenes. I used brushes in this painting, and I now paint with palette knives and prefer the texture achieved by this method. The second painting, Clogherhead was commissioned for the opening of the County Hall Millennium Centre. The third, Jenkinstown, is more typical of my present painting style which focusses on the landscape with figures and has an emphasis on light and texture. Landscape is still my favourite subject and I like to paint in oils on canvas using a palette knife and I also produce limited edition prints.”

Irene continues to exhibit her work regularly.

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