I am naturally drawn to the times of day when light sweeps gently across the land at dawn, or when the fading light of the blue hour brings about a feeling of being between two worlds, between light and dark.

The Gathering 

Sunset painting of a group of people assembled around a striking pine tree. The diffused pink-orange light in the sky adds a touch of mystery.

80 cm x 100 cm x 4 cm
Acrylic on canvas ready to hang

People are gathering around the mighty tree at sunset. The orange-pink light is diffused.

I wanted to make a large painting of this pine tree local to me.

Once it was painted, it looked impressive and majestic, but lonely and without scale.

So I started adding figures.

Over the weeks, the few figures grew to become a gathering.

Hence, the title of the painting that reminded me of a quote by Herman Hesse, the German author:

“Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.”

Herman Hesse

Collection of fragments ‘Wandering: Notes and Sketches’

The Glowing Bog Heather

Bog heather painting at dawn called 'The Glowing Heather' by John O'Grady20.5 cm x 20.5 cm x 4.5 cm

Acrylic on canvas ready to hang

This small dawn painting begins with two bands of light cutting through the darkness to signal a new day is beginning.

On this quiet morning, the bog heather’s pink glow seems to resonate with the rays of light…



The View from the Top II

Irish bogland painting with a veiled moon called 'The View from the Top II' by John O'Grady
41 cm x 20.5 cm x 4.5 cm

Oil on canvas ready to hang

The view from the top is hushed. The sun has not risen yet.

Looking across the bog land at dawn, a full moon peaks through a veil of clouds.

The rich chocolate colour contrasts with the orange glow of the bog grasses…


Although very different, these 3 paintings evoke a hazy time in between worlds, when nothing is defined nor definite.

I hope you enjoy looking at them.

Which one appeals to you more, please let me know?