The Fairy Rath III, John O'Grady
The Fairy Rath III, ©John O’Grady

15.8″ x 11.8″ x 1.5″, oil on deep edged beech panel, ready to hang.


The essence of this painting comes form the internal light present in three different areas. It adds mystery and depth to the piece.

Starting at the bottom, the green grassy earth radiates. It’s reminiscent of the bright shades of young grass you often see in Ireland. It guides you to walk through the painting and climb the hillside towards the silhouetted trees.

When you look at the trees, first you notice the deep indigo and violet forms. They stand out against the skyline but then, within the Rath, a yellow-orange colour lights them up, ember-like, from behind.

Next, your eyes move up to the evening sky. A puce and rose coloured glow resonates with the green of the earth.

At this time of year the veil between the worlds is thin. Have you been in a place where you have felt a deep sense of communion beyond knowing?

This sensation was the starting point of this painting.

I’d love to hear what you think.