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by Karen Wilson

In association with The Gallery Kinsale, we are delighted to showcase a collection of oil paintings by Karen Wilson. From February until July 2020 we will feature a selection of her paintings mapping her transition as an artist from painting still life to plein air. The works range from studies of fruit, vegetables and household items to floral scenes of fuchsias, poppies and meadows.

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Karen was born in Dublin in 1960. Married with two children, she counts herself lucky to live and work in the beautiful seaside town of Skerries, Co.Dublin.

Mainly self taught, she has painted all her life, the catalyst being the gift of oil paints form her sister at an early age. In fact, she still has an oil painting that she painted when she was twelve years old! Working mostly with a palette knife, her paintings are characterised by vigorous thick buttery slashes of colour, with highlights of heavy impasto paiont.


Over the years her art has transitioned and following a painting workshop in Holland, plein air has influenced her work. The dailoy painting movement inspires her small still life paintings in oil of local scenery and kitchen still lives. 

She paints every day, either a colourful floral still life painted in her studio, or, weather permitting, a plein air study with Ireland's Ancient East as her inspiration. 


General Manager of The Montenotte Hotel Brian Bowler said, “Karen Wilson’s work has a simple beauty to it, whether it is a still life subject or a scene from nature, her talent lies in capturing colour and bringing a scene to life. We are proud to support local Irish artists whilst also bringing unique and interesting works of art to the hotel for our guests and visitors to appreciate. We are particularly delighted to showcase Karen’s Wildflower meadow scenes as we recently planted a wildflower garden in our outdoor space that will be coming into flower early summer, so it will be especially nice to echo this new feature with the artwork inside”

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~ Launch of our call and collect ‘Pure Cork Afternoon Tea’ ~
~ This special treat is perfect for cocooning loved ones and will support local producers and charity Our Hospital Heroes ~

Does lockdown have you pining for dainty finger sandwiches, fluffy scones and mouth-watering desserts? If you have a special occasion coming up, want to treat cocooning loved ones, or host a small socially distanced garden gathering when restrictions are eased, fear not, as Cork’s we have put Afternoon Tea back on the menu with the launch of a new call and collect service - available from Saturday 16th May! Orders will be taken from Friday 14th May. 

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This Saturday, on February 1st, I ventured down to Cork for a weekend break in the picturesque and beautifully modern, Montenotte Hotel.
As they say, January is the only month with twice as many days as the rest. Maybe it’s the post-Christmas, back to reality, dark at 4pm aspect, but January really does drag. The first day of Spring was the perfect time for a trip away. Matt drove and we arrived to check-in at 2pm, bringing the total journey time to just under 3 hours.

As always, if anyone has any questions regarding the stay, please do let me know. I am always happy to answer!
All my foodie love,

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