In 1996, my family and I spent two and a half weeks in western Ireland, near Clifden and Galway. I was really moved by the views there and, when I returned, I did this series of paintings of the Western Irish landscape.


Chough Cottage watercolor 4" x 10"

Claddaghduff Strand watercolor 3" x 10"

View over Omey Strand watercolor 3" x 10"

Clair in Claddaghduff watercolor 7" x 10"

Les and Em watercolor 10" x 14"

Irish Pasture watercolor 10" x 14"

Omey Island Cottage watercolor 6" x 9"

Connemara Farmhouse watercolor 20" x 28"

Clifden Bay watercolor 4" x 6"

Hiking with Cuca watercolor 7" x 10"

Cliffs of Aughrusberg watercolor 7" x 10"

Roundstone Harbor watercolor 12" x 16"

Omey Cottage watercolor 4" x 6"

Omey Walkers watercolor 11" x 15"

Cottage by Omey Lake watercolor 7" x 10"

Oil Paintings

Rocky Pasture oil on panel 18" x 24"

Sunny Road oil on panel 12" x 16"

View from Omey Island oil on panel 7" x 12"

Omey Island Cottage oil on panel 5" x 7"

Lake at Kylemore Abbey oil on panel 2" x 4"

Clair in Claddaghduff oil on panel 7" x 8"

Em on Omey

Long Walk Home oil on panel 18" x 24"

12 Responses to “Paintings of Ireland circa late 1990s”

  1. August 30, 2010 at 8:58 am

    I love these paintings. You could write a novel about each one of them. So much to get lost in and experience. All the hiker images are great because a viewer has the sense of people experiencing the landscape for the first time, or at least being struck by it, as they are.

    I wonder if you would be interested in adding another painter to your plein aire list. I’ll send you a link and if you like her work maybe you will include her.
    Thanks for this posting.

  2. November 24, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    The paintings really capture the ‘famous’ light in the West of Ireland.

  3. 3 Bill Sharp
    November 26, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Thanks for your visit and kind words, Liam

  4. July 30, 2012 at 5:56 am

    A really strong set of paintings. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed looking through them. It all seems so unselfconscious, such a difficult quality to achieve.

  5. 5 Bill Sharp
    August 5, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Thanks so much for your encouragement.

  6. October 9, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Really like Em on Omey. Very much. Thank you.

  7. March 17, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Outstanding sir! Your figures are terrific, great moving skies and exciting subject composition. Someday I’ll get to my ancestral green isle.

  8. March 18, 2013 at 3:22 am

    Fabulous, so evocative.

  9. August 23, 2013 at 6:56 am

    Have just come back to have a longer look at these Bill – really captures the beauty and openness of the countryside. If I had to call a favourite I would say the rocky pasture.

  10. August 23, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Bill, fell across your blog and I am afraid will pause awhile….MM 🍀

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