Born in Dublin, Ireland, Crowley’s love of art was ignited by her grandfather, Liam O’Rinn, a painter renowned in Ireland and Europe. After she earned a BA at the National College of Art and Design in Ireland, Crowley came to New York City where she received a Masters in Fine Art from Hunter College. We are thrilled to show this exuberant artist at the Lodge Gallery for the 4th time! Her work has been exhibited in Dublin, Ireland, San Francisco, in various New York City galleries, and at the WFG gallery in Woodstock, in Kingston. The artist has received numerous awards and scholarships and has been reviewed in the Woodstock Times, the Irish Arts Review and the Irish Times.
Since moving from New York City to the Hudson Valley in 2000, the Ashokan Reservoir, Catskill Mountains, its flora and fauna serve as Crowley's ongoing muse. The artist’s lush, vibrant landscapes are a constant exploration of a landscape she has grown to cherish.
“After painting landscape for twenty years I came to a point where I was pulled beyond making a beautiful picture and began to see the trees, the movement of animals, all the nuances and rich confusion of nature as metaphors for my own feelings, for the chaos of my life and what’s going on in the world. It was then that I climbed into the natural world that surrounds me, merged with it and began to let the brush strokes and the paint speak. I use the structures I have learned as a painter and then open to let things flow. When painting I often come to a crossroads, that difficult point where the work could be ruined or it could be glorious. I’ve learned to let nature and the work itself be my guides.”