ABBEYLEIX artist Charleen Delaney will be exhibiting her work in the Library in Abbeyleix this January.
The 19 year old artist is currently attending Abbeyleix FEC completing a FETAC level 5 course in art, craft and design. Charleen comes from an artistic family, and said that her mother influenced her greatly as a child, encouraging her to get creative and giving her the materials to do so.
Charleen who attended Heywood CS, has also run a number of art classes for children in Abbeyleix Library. “Art is an extremly important part of development for kids as it builds convidence and creativity. I started to build my confidence after I received an A for my juinor cert”, said Charleen.
She has also done a number of murals for childrens’ bedrooms, as well as Christmas windows, bouncy castles, walls, windows, bread boards, and canvas. She also completed a mural in the local hurling field as part of Tidy Towns.
“I have lived in Abbeyliex most of my life and I have always been obsesed with art. so when the gallery opened I was extremely excited to get my work in there”. Charleen takes inspiration from the world around her but said she also likes to work from her imagination. She loves the course she is doing at the moment and told the Leinster Express that she has learned a huge amount since beginning the course. “The tutors are amazing and I have learned about so many different matierals. I think the materials are starting to lead me now if I am honest. I love turning ordinary items into something new and special”.