LIGHTKEEPER.  Acrylic on linen, 24" x 36".  Collection, Government of Ireland

A patch of misty light catches the old lightkeepers' cottages above the Baily lighthouse. The paths through the grasses lure the wanderer towards the towering cliffs, where breathtaking beauty and yawning dangers lie side by side. 

The house and lighthouse are the subject of another painting, Doldrum Bay

UPDATE: Lightkeeper was selected for the Royal Hibernian Academy 182nd Annual Exhibition, 2012 in Dublin (along with Dreadlocks). It was purchased by the Government of Ireland, Office of Public Works.

UPDATE 30 May 2012: Lightkeeper features in the Jun/July 2012 issue 85 of International Artist magazine, in an 8-page feature on my landscape paintings.

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Fergus Ryan

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View all my Artist Daily images and associated chat HERE ____________________________________________________________ Everything I look at I make a mirror of  Wherein to see my soul in all its seasons.  Patrick Kavanagh To see clearly is poetry, prophecy, and religion all in one. John Ruskin The Presence of Absence I am moved by a sense of the lingering 'presence of absence', the suspension in unbreathed time of reveries of unforgetting, lost presences, and the melancholy of traces. My inspiration in recent years comes from twentieth-century American realism, especially the somewhat disturbing and isolated moods of Andrew Wyeth. There are similar resonances in western Ireland's remote Atlantic landscapes. After a career in flying, my art studies have consisted of extended workshops in the United States with some prominent artists, Koo Schadler (egg tempera), Joe McGurl and Don Demers (oils, en plein air), Stan Miller (watercolour and egg tempera), and David Kassan (charcoal and oil portraits), and in Ireland with Carey Clarke, past president of the Royal Hibernian Academy (oils). In 2013 I spend the summer in Italy studying landscape painting with Israel Hershberg as part of the Jerusalem Studio School master class. In the Spring of 2015 I participated in the 6-week intensive programme of drawing and painting. I have exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy's annual exhibition in Dublin, with works in egg tempera (Buttermilk, Tidepool), acrylic (Extra Room andTerminus), and oils (Dreadlocks, Liminal, Lightkeeper and Reflection). Sudden Breeze was featured in International Artist magazine's Feb/Mar 2009 edition (65) landscape competition, and an 8-page article on my landscape paintings featured in International Artist June/July 2012 issue, number 85.  My website is  My Facebook art page is here. A video of some of my paintings is here on YouTube.