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I am strongly influenced by abstract expressionists and the spontaneity of their process. I enjoy using mixed media and layering drawings with various geometric shapes. It is the repetition of the shape that is important, so it becomes impossible to tell the beginning or the end of the drawing. I use the intensity of circles or triangles to compose an image giving an illusion of infinity. This experimental work uses delicate paper with layered mixed media, including chalks, washes, and inks to create a rawness, reflective of the organic power of nature. I am mindful of preserving a natural flow when I draw so that each component is considered but not deliberate. It is the wondrous and magnificent patterning of shapes and colours in nature that inspires my work.




2023 In Our Nature, Echo Echo Studios, Derry - Londonderry.

2022 – Jacinta O'Reilly Exhibition, Wicklow Library, Wicklow.

2022 – Symbiosis & Coexistence, De Windwijzer, Netherlands.

2022 – Stitched Moments & Dimensions Exhibition, Blessington.

2020 – Imagine, Online Exhibition.

2020 – United States of Emotion Exhibition, Portobello, Dublin.

2020 – United States of Emotion Exhibition, Rathfarnham, Dublin.

2019 – United States of Emotion Exhibition, Naas.

2019 – United States of Emotion Exhibition, Tallaght, Dublin.

2019 – United States of Emotion Exhibition, Rathmines, Dublin.

2017 - 2018 – Inspire Gallery, 4-Group Shows.

2016 – Irish Georgian Society, Solo Show.

2012 – Cabra Library Gallery Space, Solo Show.

2011 – Pop Up Exhibition, Dun Laoghaire.

2008 – Cabra Library Gallery Space, Solo Show.

2007 – Dun Laoghaire English School, Solo Show.

2005 – Signal Arts Centre, Solo Show.

2004 – Dun Laoghaire Art School, B.A. Show.

2003 – Exhibit in Sculpture in Context, Botanical Gardens, Dublin.

2001 – Redfern Warehouse, Group Show.

2000 – TAFE Sydney, End of Year Show.

1999 – TAFE Wollongong, Group Show.

Jacinta Painting Under Trees


for Jacinta O’Reilly, (Annaghmakerrig, Easter, 2015)


Jacinta is painting under trees,
capturing every note of the birds’ song
on a canvas that is netting the spring air.
From here, she is a child or a 1950s mother
hauling out a quilt to dry on the clothes line,
something deemed unseemly now for gardens.
My mother saw a full line of bright white nappies
flapping in the wind, the pristine fruit of her morning.
Jacinta hangs her work from the trees on Easter branches,
buds ready to burst, daffodils smears of yellow in the grass,
a black bird scuffling among the dead leaves of the beech hedge.


Jacinta leaves the painting out on the grass overnight and tends it 

with a blue bucket in the morning. Is she adding to it or plucking 

off what it has snared? The stray feathers of a crow or a bee
that has trespassed in the paint? Perhaps the course hair 

of a puzzled creature that sniffed it and this minute 

carries off the colour to its lair? When this painting 

hangs, will it hold the outside in? Does it know
it is en plein air? I have never seen a painter 

work like this and envy her the chance 

to play which is surely what art is. 

Jacinta is painting under trees.

poem courtesy of Maureen Boyle © 2015

Public Collections


  • Peter McVerry Trust.

  • Contemporary Music Society Temple Bar, Dublin.

  • National Chamber Choir, National Concert Hall, Dublin.

  • Music Network, National Concert Hall, Dublin.

  • Tallaght Hospital, Dublin.

  • St John of God Hospital, Stillorgan, Dublin.

  • St John of God Respite Services, Tallaght, Dublin.

  • Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services, Harold’s Cross, Dublin.

  • Blackrock Hospice, Dublin.

  • The Quaker Nursing Home, Rathfarnham, Dublin.

  • Jack and Jill Foundation Head Office, Kildare.

  • HSE Sallins, Kildare.



2006 to present-day – Tyrone Guthrie Centre, twice yearly.

2015 – Irish College, Rome.

2004-2008 – Cill Rialaig, Kerry.

2005 – Tyrone Guthrie Centre, six-month residency.

2001 – Dick Joynt Studio, Enniscorthy, two-month residency.

2000 – Dun Laoghaire Art School, with Head of Sculpture, Niall O'Neill.



2004 – B.A. Art, Dun Laoghaire Art School.

2000 – Certificate of Art First Year, Sydney Art School.

1999 – Diploma in Art, Wollongong TAFE.

1995 – Masters of Education, Wollongong University.

1990 – Dip.Education, Sydney University.

1980-1984 – B.A. Single Honours History, Trinity College.

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