Artist Statement by Anastasia O Donoghue Healy
Paintings by Anastasia may be viewed at The Lavit Gallery Cork City, The Kenny Gallery Galway, Greenacres Art Gallery Wexford,The Gallery Kinsale, The Loft Gallery Clonakilty, The Hungry Hill Gallery Adrigole, The Narrow Space Clonmel, The Aisling Gallery,Ballydehob and at Rathsallagh Country House Hotel Dunlavin,Co Wicklow.
The landscape is central to Anastasia O Donoghue Healy’s painting practice. Since she was a young child it has played an ever present part in her life. She says “Perhaps as a young child I didn't realise its' role in my formation as a person and as an artist” Being a self taught artist she has come to realise it has taught her so much about the art of living and "Being". As an avid walker she says she witnesses an unravelling of herself into the presence of now and a heightened fourfold experience of nature. This experience informs the essence of why and how she paints. It is “Being” within this space of presence while painting en plein air plays a defining part in her process. Anastasia’s paintings reflect a meeting of her interior landscape with her experience of "now" in the landscape while painting. She captures this meeting by her intuitive use of colour and mark making in oil paint .She sometimes will cut into the can as using a palette knife .As she paints en plein air a triangular dynamic develops between the artist, the landscape and the work as it reveals itself to her. Anastasis’s paintings capture the “isness” of the landscape at a given time.
The poet John O Donohue mirrors her mission as an artist in the following words, "May your inner eye see through the surfaces and glean the real presence of everything that meets you."
Bonnard, Matisse, Van Gogh , Mary Swanzy , Jack Yeats , Louis le brocquoy and William Crozier continue to inspire and inform Anastasia’s journey as a painter.