This is my first attempt at a web site so please excuse me if it seems a little amateurish. Thank you for looking. Recently I find I have had customers saying they cannot find anything about me or my work on the web. This is for them.

My artistic credentials are real as I have recently discovered that I am the great, great ... great granddaughter of Heinrich Friedrich Fuger who was a court painter around 200 years ago. He was brought here by a king of Naples and completed many excellent portraits including one of Nelson. There is work of his in many places including the national portrait gallery. I am the cousin of Robert Darroll who is a distinguished animator and his sister Gail, who paints wonderful wild life works in South Africa.

I am middle aged, married and have four children all now adults, and scattered about the world. I was born in Warsash, between Southampton and Portsmouth. After Kindergarten, where I drew on the walls, I attended St Anne’s Convent Grammar School. I have always scribbled, drawn and painted. To please my parents, I went to college to study History but was settled in the Art Department by the end of the first week. I taught both Art and Music, first in schools, then as a lecturer. Then the children arrived and as for many women of my day, life revolved around them. When my youngest went to school, it took less than three weeks before the need to paint burst back and I have done nothing else since then. I work for the winter months in England and the warmer months in Connemara but for the last few years I have only painted Ireland. I am a landscape painter, usually watercolours but a regular few oils as well.

Now working as a Connemara Artist, my work sells primarily at three galleries in Connemara but I do also accept commissions.

I hope this site will display a regularly changing collection of my work to give people some idea of what I paint and how I work. Usually these will be paintings photographed as they go off to galleries or to be hung in my studio. Should you want any of these we could tell you where they have gone. It will gradually also include some work that is available for sale by post. My selection of work is constantly changing as new paintings are finished and others sold.

I begin my year with work ready for Easter. Some goes off to galleries. The rest go up on my walls. These sell through the summer months till by autumn I have some empty spaces. These refill when unsold pictures return at the end of the year, so this is the stage when I have a generous bargain box.

To describe how I work is tricky. For a watercolourist, my paintings are quite layered and textured. I know thick paint can be vulgar but nevertheless it does have a place if used with discretion. In my work I like some areas of fine detail and some quiet areas that are simpler, where there is tranquillity. Left to myself, all paintings would have areas of water and I paint the sea continuously and obsessively. However I am also deeply involved with the mountains I live among and the buildings that nestle within them. Skies are an extra passion. I live high on a hillside and see for miles and this is reflected in my work.

Generally in the summer I am out a great deal, both with camera and with sketch books. I may pass the same place many times till one day I see it in a particular light or weather and I know there is a painting there. I use the summer to collect these ideas and the winter to work on them. but I never complete a painting out of doors. I need comfort, coffee, radio, a flat table and a good chair. That initial excitement goes into sketches, colour notes and much note taking. These are destroyed after the completion as they are private. I envy those who complete work outside but nothing I do that way works for me. This could have something to do with the ever-changing climate and constant wild wind. Canvas can fly and paper gets wet.

I have no patience with Artist’s Block. I work every day all year round unless something gets in the way. I also write for the art press and occasionally other places. This link will take you to the Artists’ Choice Web site where you can read an example of the articles that I write for them. Look for “Road Test”. If fans of Foggy have followed links here from Artists’ Choice, then click here for photographs of Foggy and family so that you can see how she is doing.

I am often asked how long it takes to complete a painting. There are many answers to this and the honest one is that it varies from some hours to many days. The best answer for this is one I heard another artist use recently. “It has taken all my life to get to this stage”.

If I were to describe what I produce, I would say that some of my works are recognisable, realistic, landscapes. Others veer away from this in to something much more abstract. I plan my work and never look deliberately for serendipity but something usually creeps in and what I end with is never where I was expecting it to go. This is unnerving but unfailingly exciting. I cannot and would not do anything else.

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