GalleryPortrait of an Artist at Home Portrait of an Artist at Home is a photo series that captures people across all art forms in their home environment, surrounded by things that represent them. Its a unique way to pull the curtain and get an insight into a person’s personality and craft. Sarah O'Toole The wonderful Sarah O'Toole inspires me so much as a creator, teacher, activist, woman... I had the pleasure of taking her acting workshop last year and I learned so much about myself and human nature. Acting is such a layered art form and I am in awe of people who do it with such poise and depth and for the right reasons - bettering the self and the world. Elaine Mears When you sit down with Elaine Mears (otherwise known as Moses Huxley), you feel like you're sitting down in the presence of all the interesting characters we spoke about - Una Taaffe, WB Yeats, Leonard Cohen, as well as ghosts of our ancestors... She discovers forgotten things, places and people and breathes them the life they deserve. She's a writer, director, costume maker, set designer, a human rights worker and so much more - you could spend forever getting to know this woman and all the treasures that she possesses. Julia Dunin Julia and I share a first name and a profession. We're also both blow-ins that made Galway their creative playground. When we talk about photography together, we rarely talk about the technical side of it - instead we focus on the burning need to create regularly and authentically and to connect with people. We share our vulnerabilities as well as our sources of inspiration. Julia is one of the most prolific and humble creators and she sets a certain standard in Galway. Yet she isn't afraid to be open and constantly re-examine her work. Her home is exactly like I had imagined - full of vibrant art, plants, good books, quality food and coffee. Wholesome like her. Also, can you please zone in on the shutter tattoo on her wrist, as it's one of the most original ones I've seen. Cat O'Donohoe Cat O'Donohoe is a makeup artist but she has that electric energy that easily spreads into other art forms too. I would describe the couple hours we spent together as witchy. In her childhood home, veiled by mist, chatting about magpies, cats and superstitions whilst I admired her inked skin and impeccable style. Cat is like sugar, spice and everything nice - a lovely vibe to be around and channel. Christine Valters Paintner Meet Christine and John of Abbey of the Arts. It's rare to come by kinder humans or more prolific creators. They are a constant source of goodness and support in Galway. The photos I took for them were about them as individuals, writers and pilgrims but also happened to be their first photos as a couple since their wedding. They are wonderful to observe - there is so much equal strength between them, even the way they hold their bodies beside each other. The embody love and inner power. John Valters Paintner Meet John and Christine of Abbey of the Arts. It's rare to come by kinder humans or more prolific creators. They are a constant source of goodness and support in Galway. The photos I took for them were about them as individuals, writers and pilgrims but also happened to be their first photos as a couple since their wedding. They are wonderful to observe - there is so much equal strength between them, even the way they hold their bodies beside each other. The embody love and inner power. Finbar McHugh There is a reason why Finbar's works of art look like the universe in its most ecstatic form. Because that is what he is. Light and colour surround him and our conversations. We usually meet somewhat spontaneously and I always walk away with profound revelations about myself, people and the world. One of the biggest takeaways from hanging out with Finbar is to let things flow. Let go of the need for control, or perceived perfection. Boy, can that be hard. So much unlearning to be done to go back to that natural childlike state. But it's almost impossible to ignore that impulse when you watch Finbar work. When paint splatters and he just goes with it... and the magic that he creates after.