Mairead was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago where she found solace in every form of art. Her background in psychology, photography, and travel have brought her to a place of keen observation and appreciation for little moments.
Her works are formed through a gestural process, typically looking at a picture, a mirror, or by simply closing her eyes. Aspects of the human portrait are expressed through bright colors and intricate lines. She draws inspiration from studying the unconscious mind. She is intrigued by how our daily behaviors are influenced and by what drives us as humans, consciously and unconsciously.
Mairead’s works are created using acrylic paint and other non-traditional art materials. She strives to blend together what is real and what is imaginary, in contrast to our perception of it.
She believes in the benefits of art therapy. When utilized to its full potential, art acts as a psychological release of emotion. She thrives from creating something out of nothing, while being able to fabricate her emotions into something visual and tangible.
Mairead’s goal is for the viewer to be touched by the artwork, in the hope that they are able to find a piece of themselves within the lines. She aims to quiet the audience’s mind, allowing them to be still, providing them the opportunity to pause and reflect, if even for a moment.