The Bird and The Whale

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017

Me at my rig in Paper Panther’s studio

You may have noticed my lack of visibility online over the past several months, well, now you can blame Paper Panther Productions. In May of 2016, I innocently agreed to work on an intriguing new venture conjured up by the wonderful Carol Freeman, one of the legs of the Paper Panther tripod.

Alongside Carol, three other stalwart painters, and several animators, we tackled a 6 minute short film, called The Bird and The Whale. When I hopped on board, work was already underway on a couple of different scenes. Here’s a timelapse of my first shot: The Storm.

This beautiful beast of a short film, consisting of thousands of paintings, is not quite finished. But it’s due in the next few months and I cannot wait to see it.

Please have a look at their page to see the work in progress, a teaser trailer, and a few studio shots, not to mention all the other marvelous projects by Paper Panther.


Jackson’s Art Open Show 2016

Posted by on Apr 24, 2016

Evisceration of a Holy Ghost

Jackson’s Art inaugural art prize competition whittled down 3100 submissions to just over 400 to a manageable long list for the judges to review.  The short list will be announced on April 29th. Even if my piece doesn’t progress further, I’m grateful for the opportunity to share my work.

Update: This piece was not shortlisted, but I’m glad to have shared my work anyway!


186th RHA Annual

Posted by on Mar 24, 2016

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of attending the opening events for the 186th RHA Annual. As expected, the gallery was elbow to elbow the entire time, replete with wine and good chats. You can see my painting, and hundreds of other great works, from now until June 11th. This piece is available for purchase – do go and have a look in person!

Update: This piece sold during the last week of the show to an enthusiastic and very kind collector.

oils on birch panel 25x30cm

“Evisceration of a holy ghost”
Oil on Birch Panel
25x30cm not including frame dimensions


Into the Forest Deep pt. 2

Posted by on Feb 13, 2016

Take a look at Into the Forest Deep, an exhibition at the Kildare Gallery, opening on the 2oth of February.  The title of the show was inspired by one of my earlier pieces that has already sold. But this one will be up during the show.

Oils on Birch Panel, 18x14in

Neath the Dappled Canopy,  Oils on Birch Panel, 46x36cm


Into the Forest Deep

Posted by on Feb 13, 2016
Oils on Birch Panel, 18x18in

Oils on Birch Panel, 18x18in

Delighted to see this one go with a couple of newly weds. Fitting piece for the beginning of a new adventure.

xx Caitlyn

Duality of Mind

Posted by on Nov 9, 2015

Oils on Birch Panel, 48inx24in

Duality of Mind – oils on birch panel, 122 x 60 cm

Sold to a wonderful collector through The Kildare Gallery, Maynooth.


The Kildare Gallery

Posted by on Nov 9, 2015

Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of attending The Kildare Gallery‘s opening launch party.  Unsurprisingly, it was packed the entire time.

The brains behind the gallery, Ken and Ruth, chatting with a couple of my pieces just visible behind them.


happy homes for these two

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015

Thanks to Lamplight Gallery for acquainting these two pieces with amazing collectors.

It’s such a pleasure to see my work end up exactly where it belongs.

Far Off Hope, oil on cradled birch panel, 18x14in

Still Dream, oil on cradled masonite, 36x48in

Figure Painting Course

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015

Nick-Caitlyn Poster (1) (1)


Click here for the full course description and to book your place.

Color Study Process Video

Posted by on Jun 2, 2015


Head studies are one of my favorite things to paint. For me, this preparatory stage blends curiosity, observation, and empathy. It can be a real challenge to forward this sensitivity and energy on to the final portrait, as it’s tempting to worry over details in a “finished” piece.

This study of my mom was a natural choice for a first attempt at filming. As with learning any new skill, I faced a couple of unanticipated challenges:

1. I shot this film with a Nikon D3200, which is not really a video camera. You can only take 20 minutes of video footage at a time, and the camera overheats within an hour of using the Live View Movie setting. While I wasn’t expecting this, it wasn’t too big of an annoyance as I’m well adjusted to taking a break every 20 minutes or so, thanks to life drawing. However, the battery overheating was a let down, as I was in flow and didn’t want to wait for it to cool down. Hence the missing documentation of finishing up the last few bits.

2. As any artist knows, lighting can be a challenge. And filming added another dimension to these potential frustrations. Fluorescent lights emit a specific frequency and if your camera is not adjusted to this, your film will end up with horrible flickering bands of light across the footage. This is easily prevented by adjusting your camera’s frequency under menu options. (Check your model’s manual for specific directions.) Generally, fluorescents in the states are at 60Htz and those in Europe and Asia, 50Htz. Changing daylight can be prevented easily with a sturdy pair of curtains.

If you have access to Adobe’s Creative Cloud, you can download and use Premiere Pro for editing your footage. As someone who suspects that computers are sentient beings who actively hate humans, Premiere Pro was pretty intuitive. Not to mention the hundreds of free tutorials online.

Thanks for watching and reading. Feel free to post your comments or questions below.