Mick O'Dea Dublin, Ireland, b. 1958

Because of the Ballinglen Arts Foundation’s invitation to come and work in North Mayo in 1998 I fell in love with the place, eventually making a home here in Port an Chlóidh. I moved my address and the focus of a central part of my life to North Mayo because of The Ballinglen Arts Foundation. I have found a home, friends and good neighbours as a result. I am still waiting for the countryside to reveal itself to me, I am actively pursuing it to that end and hoping for the best. It will probably be my life's work.     - Mick O’Dea