Karen Billing


I have lived in Ireland since 1989. I was a nurse in London but am now following a life-time ambition to become a professional artist.

I work from The Bootshed Art Studio just outside of Skibbereen and it is here that I give one to one sessions for those on the autistic spectrum.

At the moment I am enjoying watercolours and ink on paper.

I love the unpredictable flow of the paint and the subtle shades. The ink serves to define and control and intensifies the patterns with which I am somewhat obsessed.

I’m influenced by ancient Persian art and Russian Icons liking their simplicity and yet the depth of expression they evoke. I paint from my imagination telling myself the story as I work. There usually an image of a women in hiatus, waiting dreaming, wandering or reassessing.