Adrienne lives in the heart of Dublin, in a village called Stoneybatter. She shares her life with her husband, teenage son and their rescue dog Tammy, a Staffy and Jack Russell cross, rescued in 2009.
Tammy is a howl…..literally.
Adrienne plans to teach her to paint…watch this space.
Adrienne’s Teaching Experience
Adrienne has lectured extensively on her subject in colleges and libraries around the country. She also lectured part-time in DIT – Visual Communications Degree Course 1997 to 2003, and again from 2013 to 2016. NCAD: Illustration Master Classes, The Irish Writer’s Centre, Children’s Books Ireland, Ballyfermot College of Higher Education Workshops and Lectures, and the National Gallery of Ireland Summer Lecture series. Visual Art Boot Camps was set up in 2009 to fill a gap in Illustration Education for working adults, students and those parenting who wanted a course to suit their busy lives.
Adrienne’s Art Practice
Adrienne has also written and illustrated many picture books for children over the past 20 years. Her love of painting and drawing started at an early age, and she has never looked back. Adrienne studied design and illustration in Kingston University, London where she was awarded a first class BA (hons) degree. She continued her career for some years in London, illustrating for many prestigious publishers, newspapers and magazines in the UK including The Guardian and the Economist.
In the 1990s, Adrienne returned to her native Dublin, and worked freelance in a shared studio. Her work has been translated into many languages and has worked for Macmillan Children’s Books, Oxford University Press, Hazar UK, Scholastic Children’s Books, Francis Lincoln Children’s Books UK, Ladybird, Readers Digest Children’s Books, and Bloomsbury Children’s Books amongst others. She has also worked for many years illustrating freelance for the Irish Times, Business and Finance, Sunday Business Post, Irish Independent amongst others. More recent work has been exhibited in the Science Museum in Dublin and The Copper House Gallery, Dublin, and Images Beyond Borders at the No Grants Gallery/The Culture Box, and Pictiúr a touring exhibition of 21 of Ireland’s leading children’s book illustrators. It was co-curated by IMMA’s Education and Community Department and Laureate na nÓg, Niamh Sharkey in 2014.
After the birth of her son in 2004, Adrienne set up a ‘My Very Own Picture’ a children’s limited edition fine art company, supplying exclusive gift retailers, galleries, and Habitat Ireland, (however with the downturn a lot of these businesses no longer flourished.)
In 2006 Adrienne was shortlisted for the Bisto award for her picture book illustrations in ‘Fancy That’.
In 2013 Adrienne exhibited new works at Culture Box, Temple Bar. Also in 2013, Adrienne was invited by CBI and Niamh Sharkey, Laureate na nÓg, to participate in a major new international illustration tour, Pictiúr. The show went on to Vienna Children’s Books Festival, Bologna International Children’s Book Fair and The Irish Institute for Ireland in Leuven, Belgium. This year Adrienne began a new venture with Creative Escapes Italy and takes her first group to Tuscany to make art in June 2018.
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