Sheilagh Casey artist
My paintings are primarily the result of a search to connect the personal with the collective. Wordless communication gives rise to the discovery of previously unconscious patterns and forms.

I don't plan much when I begin a painting, initially choosing a surface and a few colors. Patterns and images arise, to be assessed and either valued or discarded. I base decisions about what will remain in a painting on the images' feeling of importance. If an image seems strange or surprising or persistent, I will keep it and allow it to emerge.

Themes of the Earth, mortality, magic, emotion, time and language continually arise, often linked to the humble and overlooked areas of daily life. Although my paintings are generally abstract, I do not avoid figurative imagery.