In a nutshell: Iris O’Connor, born in Germany, moved to Ireland 20 years ago, now married to himself (Mr. O’Connor) with dog (Jack) and cat (Mouse). Don’t work 9-5 as I can not imagine doing the same job day after day (that’s the Sagittarius in me), but try to help himself providing food for the animals by having a few part-time jobs. One of them happens to be Sunday work in a second-hand bookshop. This is just like having my own private library, Ella Fitzgerald singing in the background on a stormy, rainy afternoon, friendly conversations with customers…you get the picture. Books are a major passion of mine, right up there with creating stuff and painting.
I am entirely self-taught and that self teaching started at an early age – so I was told.
It all began with stones. I collected them, washed them and painted them, gave them away to good homes and when I moved to Ireland I discovered slate. The result can be seen on the ‘Slate and Stone’ page on my website:www.desdo.com/iris

My line drawings of course started in school (enough said…) but developed seriously later on. Because both the pebble work and the drawings are very controlled I thought I needed to ‘let go’ a bit and that got me onto the mixed media paintings I’m creating now. It wasn’t easy, believe me! In the beginning we had a few arguments, the paintings in progress and me, because of my reluctance to hand over the above mentioned control. But eventually I started to listen to my intuition. Hope you like the result of my learning experience.

Oh, and then there’s the photography. I always had a camera but didn’t take it too seriously until 3 years ago. Now or never I thought. Still plenty of room for improvement though, but the ones I really really like are on show here.

I won’t even talk about the digital stuff. LOVE IT – and there are hundreds of images sitting on my computer waiting to be released into cyberspace.

So now you know.
Hope you like my stuff and thank you for looking at it.

PS: I’m still trying to fill out my own website with words, so please excuse the empty spaces. Just thought you might like to see my creations. I promise to work on the site when I get the chance.

Websites:
www.desdo.com/iris
www.irisdesign.etsy.com

  • Joined: February 2008
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