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A graduate of NCAD, Dublin and having spent time in NSCAD, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Noreen Walshe's professional practice took root in her studio near Navan, between the Hill of Tara and the ancient site of Newgrange.
In an area steeped in early history and mythology, the Boyne Valley, her preferences lie in the world of nature and through the media of oils, acrylics and watercolour, her canvasses and pages fill with her response to subject matter from home and abroad.
Irish seascapes and landscapes, the exoticism of India, the snows and vibrant autumns of Canada, polar bears and grizzlies find equal footing with native hares. Pets and creatures from the hedgerows and fields of her childhood display themselves in expressionist colour and exaggerated form. The mundane embraces the spiritual suggesting her comfortable relationship with both the visible and the unseen forces of our existence.
All in all, Noreen Walshe’s oeuvre begs at least a curious eye to search further into her rich world of the senses. At best she would hope to encourage the viewer towards a reflection on the world of visual wonder in the small details around us, in the colour, line, patterns and textures of a life waiting to be observed.
Her work is in private and public collections, notably those of President Michael D Higgins, actor Brendan Gleeson, the estate of the late actress Maureen O’Hara, A;lied Irid Bank, Meath County Council , Cavan County Council and Centre Re Finance, IFSC, Dublin.
Noreen has featured on TV programmes such as Spleachadh as the artist representing Co. Meath, Nationwide, Leargas and in 2014 she worked with the Brennan Brothers for the Christmas special of At Your Service/To the Rescue, painting a mural (The Four Seasons 70ft x 15ft) at the Enable Ireland children’s facility in Sandymount, Dublin 4.