Gill O'Shea

Dublin, Ireland

from a career in finance to a full time artist

Her work offers a fresh, vibrant and contemporary approach to the traditional and complex medium of Watercolor.

Gill – professionally trained Irish artist

Gill is a professionally trained Irish artist specializing in contemporary Watercolor. Her Watercolor work captures the beauty and intensity of familiar subjects using a semi-representational accessible style, to evoke intense emotional responses within the viewer.

At what age did you know you wanted to be an artist?

When I was 5 years old! I loved to draw and color on paper – it kept me busy for hours.

What is the earliest artwork you did that you can remember?

The earliest piece I can remember was a sculpture when I was about 10 years old. We had been on holidays so I didn’t get much time to create. The moment I got home I disappeared into my room and made a tv out of a box. I cut out the screen and made different images I could add in to mimic different channels. I remember a tropical scene with a parrot in the foreground. I had rigged the beak so it could move and he could talk.

Which classical or contemporary artists have inspired you?

Jean Haines, Lucien Freud, Jenny Saville.

How would you describe your artistic style?

Fresh, quirky, loose.

When did you first sell an artwork? How did you feel?

My first sale was a Watercolor of a cow. I was thrilled to think that somebody actually wanted to pay for my work.

What's your workstyle? Do you work on one piece at a time or work simultaneously on multiple pieces?

I usually work on multiple pieces at the same time. I mainly work in watercolor so I have to work quickly and then leave the work to dry between washes.

How do you get the inspiration for a new piece?

By looking at images and thinking about how I will use the the medium to depict the subject

Tell us a bit about your personal life ...

I live in Dublin Ireland with my husband Philip and our dog Pepper. Pepper is a new edition to the family, she’s an old English Sheepdog.

“I believe visual art should enliven the senses and be inclusive rather than exclusive. I mainly work from a limited palette of five or six colors, and my loose style is achieved by painting the image directly onto the paper without any preliminary guidelines or under drawing.”

A few pieces from Gill’s gallery


Po Faced Panda

Why they love Gill’s art

More about Gill

Shows & Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions
2017​“Blush”, The Pigyard Gallery, Wexford, Ireland
2016​“Dabble in Art”, The Copperhouse Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2016​“Showcase in the Potting Shed”, The Old Yard, Kildare, Ireland

Selected Group Exhibitions
2017​“Pin Up”, Classic Cars West, Oakland Art Murmur, San Francisco, USA (upcoming)
2017​“Chelsea Fringe Festival”, Oxford House, London, UK (upcoming)
2017​“Flora and Fauna”, Bauhaus Prairie Art Online Gallery, Oklahoma, USA
2017​“Annual Group Exhibition”, Green Acres Gallery, Wexford, Ireland
2017​“Pin Ups Bowie”, The Green Gallery, St. Stephens Green, Dublin, Ireland
2004​“Green Tea”, Joint exhibition with John Mayock, Cockleshell Gallery, Wexford, Ireland
2004​“Platform 059”, Carlow Institute of Technology, Eigse Arts Festival, Carlow, Ireland
2004​“DIT Fine Art Graduate Show”, Portland Row, Dublin, Ireland