GERARD BYRNE's latest exhibition, Inside Outside & Beyond, celebrates 30 years of painting the NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDENS in Dublin …
''How did you begin this ongoing project?
I began painting the Botanic Gardens almost by chance. I lived locally and was a regular visitor, and when I started teaching myself to paint, the glasshouses provided an opportunity to paint somewhere warm, sheltered from the wind and rain. However, they also presented a challenge when painting, balancing the shade, light and greenery. The staff were friendly, no permission was needed to paint, the place presented itself. I was familiar with the gardens since my childhood and I simply went about my business. I felt at ease there. (...)"
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