Toby Returns to Ireland
Our artist Toby has been living in Ballyandreen in East Cork, Southern Ireland for a long time but for the last 3 years he has been looking after his dad in Watlington, Oxfordshire. He has now been able to return home and has set up a studio overlooking the sea.
Being an Irish girl myself, I’m rather jealous. Ireland is an incredibly beautiful country and there’s something really spectacular about that southern coast, pounded by the Atlantic Sea and lying along the Gulf Stream. It’s wild and windswept and truly magical.
I spent my late teenage years in Cork city so have many happy memories of innocent shenanigans, music and laughter and forged some special lifelong friendships.
Toby tells me the studio is a bit rough and rugged like it’s surroundings but he is feeling so inspired to paint. He’s got down to work immediately.
Our emails cross…I’ve written to tell him that I’ve been browsing the trade fairs in London for inspiration. I tell him that toucans are everywhere. His email tells me of his brisk dog walks down to the sea and he sends me some photos of his latest work in progress…toucans!
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