Laois artist Deirdre Dunne will be bringing her Art Truck to the National Ploughing Championships this week, bringing a mobile oasis of artwork to this bustling rural setting.
Deirdre, who obtained her Honors Degree in Fine Art Painting at Crawford College of Art in Cork Ireland, has bicycled through Asia, Europe, Africa, The Middle East and Central America, as well as working for five years as a tour guide in Australia and Africa.
Throughout these experiences she has been continuously sketching and painting images from each of the countries she has passed through, including her native Ireland.
With each continent she encounters, her work changes to portray the wildlife, the people, their land and their cultures, creating a kaleidoscope of images spanning the world over.
Her subject matter varies from everyday kitchen scenes to camels in the Gobi desert.
Her preferred medium is oil on canvas or hardboard, but has also painted with acrylic.
Deirdre's aim in art is to bring images from around the world to viewers who may have never got the chance to experience these places or to rekindle memories for people who have.
The Art Truck is her mobile art gallery inside a unique converted horse truck, the concept of which is to bring the gallery to new venues.
The truck is off grid, with the lights being powered by solar energy. This gives the artist the freedom to take the truck anywhere, and share the art with a varied audience.