Wintering Out, Barns of County Down, 2020
Water Colour Series
Nestled in the rolling Drumlins of County Down, you can spot the arched, pot-bellied barns where livestock are kept to 'Winter Out' the colder months.
This series of paintings was created during some of the bleakest months of the covid lockdown in 2020.
While hibernating in lockdown, I formed a new routine, walking my mum's dog. I also developed a new hobby, Barn spotting.
I discovered beauty in the various forms of the barns, nestled in the Landscape. If you take the time to notice, you soon realise that no two barns are the same. The more I got to know these buildings, I could see them more and more as Modernist, Brutalist architecture. Their arched design is also unique to Ireland.
Wintering Out also shares the name with the collection of poetry by Seamus Heaney. While reflecting on the harshness of one of the toughest times in Northern Ireland's history...
"If we can winter this one out,
we can summer anywhere"
-Seamus Heaney, 1972