Elizabeth McKenna is 93 years old, and has her first solo exhibition at the Ramor Theatre in Virginia.
In a radio interview Elizabeth said that even as a child, all she wanted to do was make art. And she has been doing so since. Throughout the years, marriage and the birth of her children. She still paints every day.
She trained at the National College of Art and Design, which is where she drew the top image from a statue. Later she worked as an artist for newspapers, sketching ads for clothes and accessories. The world now is full of photographs and digital images, so her life and training is living history.
The Ramor Theatre was built as a Gothic church circa 1845. It was deconsecrated in 1989, and Cavan County Council converted it to the theatre in 1999. It hosts all forms of artistic endeavour, and a thriving film club. It is of historical and architectural interest. It retains some of the original stained glass windows and what delights me is the small graveyard to the extended rear of the building which survives and which is cared for. You can read more on this link http://www.buildingsofireland.ie/niah/search.jsp?type=record&county=CV®no=40311013
Elizabeth McKenna’s art is on display on the first floor, and she has sold many paintings. No gaps exist, however, because any blank spaces are filled from her vast collection. I have taken a few photographs, and as usual they do not do them justice. I have chosen landscape to display here and excluded her wonderful seascapes. Go see the paintings for yourself.
The colours are vibrant and painted with a deft hand. She has had many years to hone her skills but she continues to strive to improve and accepts challenges.
Elizabeth’s talent has been passed on to her daughter Margaret whom I have mentioned before, and to her grandchildren.
For a relatively small are in Ireland, there is a wealth of talent. And I am proud to know Mrs Elizabeth McKenna and congratulate this delightful lady on her achievements. I will leave you with this serene image of bare trees.