Stories of the South East – Jean Maskell



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NAME :

Jean Maskell

OCCUPATION :

Artist and writer

RIVER :

The Slaney.  The river runs through my family history, and when I catch my first glimpse of it on a visit, I feel home.

FAVOURITE QUOTE :

It is never too late to be what you might have been. George Eliot

FAVOURITE PLACE TO VISIT :

There are so many, it’s difficult to choose, but recently Tara Hill near Gorey and the  Ballymoney coastline have been an inspiration for my art and writing.

FAVOURITE THING ABOUT WHERE I COME FROM:

I was born in England and and live in Merseyside, but being half-Irish, feel that I come from both Merseyside and Wexford. There are a lot of people of Irish origin where I live and that really enhances the culture, character and friendliness of Merseyside.

For me the best thing about the South East of Ireland is the people; the generosity of spirit and the real welcome that you get. People open the door with a smile and put the tea and cakes out, always ready for a good talk.

AND ANOTHER THING:

I’m supporting the Three Sisters bid to be European Capital of Culture 2020 by  exhibiting some of my new work inspired by the South East, in Birkenhead and telling people about the Three Sisters bid. Although I live in England, my Wexford family roots mean I am a frequent visitor. My painting, sculpture and poetry explores the strength of the human spirit, memories and continuity, and hope for the future.

I’ve spent a lot of time exploring Wexford and Waterford and really love the quality of the art and ceramics in the region, there is so much to do. Greenacres in Wexford town is a particular favourite, the art there is stunning, and in Kilkenny The Design Centre is inspirational.

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The exhibition, which has been part of Wirral’s Open Studio Tour, will continue until 17th July at The Rathbone Gallery,28 Argyle Street, Birkenhead ,Merseyside .CH41 6AE.

E: info@rathbonestudio.com