"All my paintings are a prayer, a song,a laugh, and tell old tales." Martin Driscoll, master artist (1939-2011)|
"Inspiration for a painting starts with an emotional tug towards a subject matter. Frequently it begins with a gesture I see in an old photo or when observing someone in a restaurant, a museum, bookstore or where ever. I see a gesture, and I am immediately transported back in time to remembering my aunt, uncle, grandmother, mother, father or some relative who had that same way of standing, or tilting their head.Suddenly the image leads me into a daydream story about the imagined person. I begin to wonder what they may be talking about or, what their lives are like."
"All my paintings tell a tale. The tale is for my amusement.
It's my story. I paint it, but then it becomes someone else's story when they view it.
Imagine the beauty of that!"
"I love to think that I have touched another's heart when my painting becomes someone else's story."
Obviously, I grew up in an Irish Catholic household. My mother and my father's mother were born and raised in County Kerry Ireland, which is in the western part of Ireland. This part of Ireland, is very rural, and all of my relatives were farmers.
I grew up, hearing many tales of life in Ireland from both my mother and my grandmother. My grandmother lived with us in a five room apartment in
Astoria Queens. We called her Nanny.
"At least once a month, my mother's brothers and my grandmother's brothers and their wives and children would come to our apartment in Astoria to have food, drinks and to share in singing, story telling, poems, dancing and all kinds of fun. Everyone took turns at either singing, playing a fiddle, accordion, a penny whistle or the piano.
I loved these visits."