It is with great pleasure that am able to share the following:
About the artist: Jane Brideson was born Jane McGill in Ghana, West Africa and
adopted her Manx grandmother's name of Brideson
(Mylevreeshy / Mac Ghiolla Brigide) when she began painting in the 1980's.
After growing up in Liverpool and on the Isle of Man, she moved to live in Ireland between the Slieve Bloom mountains and the River Barrow where she shares a cottage with her husband, Mel, their dog and several cats.
Jane has an honours degree in graphic design and a diploma in client-centred art therapy.
Whilst in London she worked as a freelance designer / illustrator for the Observer newspaper and Hodder & Stoughton Publishers.
In 1997 she collaborated with Teresa Moorey to produce their book
"The Wheel of the Year : myth & magic through the seasons".
She loves Ireland and the Irish mythology, the power of images, books and music to transport us to other worlds and the occasional pint of Guinness.
In 2006 she was inspired by a dream to begin painting
"The Ever-Living Ones" and along the way found help, support and knowledge.
Without the following people this exhibition would not have been possible:
Mel Llwyd, Fred Mathews, Michael Collins, Seán Gilmartin, Fiona Young,
Áine-Máire Ní Mhurchú, Siobhán ní Ghabhann, Shirley Swan,
Marie O'Dwyer, Seámus Ó Ceallaháin, Antoine O'Lochlainn, Carole Larkin,
Trish Keating, Gearóid Ó Crualaoich, Eoghain Mac Connell, Flor Burke, Seánie Larkin, Carmel ní Dhuibheanaigh, Bill & Peggy Sinnott,
James Crowley, Jenny Butler, Anthony Murphy, Colm Mac Con Iomaire,
Fr. Seámus O'Duinn, the late Dáithí Ó hÓgain, Noel Reynolds,
Suzanne Power, Æ, the contributors to "On Crow Road", Claire Tuffy at
Brú na Bóinne, Joan & Des at Midland Framing, Mochua Print & Design,
Joe & staff at O'Sullivan Photography, The National Museum Dublin and
the staff at Tullamore Library.