I  draw  on paper with a variety of media including charcoal, wax, soap and ink. I am in the process of making my own inks and pigments from natural materials found in/near our garden or kitchen. I plan not to buy any more commercial inks or paints when my current supplies run out – let’s see how I get on! I am also experimenting with using basic homemade charcoal. I try and use found paper when I can and recycle it for drawing.

I grew up on the outskirts of Cork city and my parents were empathetic to the beautiful natural world that surrounded us and this influenced my world view and eventual choice of art as my passion and work.

My work is based in nature and is political in the sense that it concerns the environmental crisis we face.

My art practice is drawing using the process of blind drawing.

I have a studio which my husband built for me but I prefer to work outside in most weathers in our rewilded garden and the surrounding countryside of rural Cork.


In my work, I try and capture aspects of life around me such as insects, animals and plants. I like to draw portraits of people, especially those whom I know well such as my friend Ana below. This quick charcoal drawing of Ana is a preparation for the more detailed painting that can be seen in the Commissions section.


Panel 1

About Me

I work in our garden  in rural North Cork  which  we share with  hens, a beehive and a cat and a dog.

I attended the Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork as a mature student having previously worked as a  social worker for many years.

I  worked as an artist facilitator with older adults in various Nursing Homes up to 2020.  I  am an artist facilitator on the Lonradh Programme at the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork for  people with memory loss and their family and carers.  During Covid   online videos  were produced with fellow artist Inge van Doorslaer for the Lonradh programme based on the Crawford Art Gallery’s  permanent collection  https://crawfordartgallery.ie/lonradh-at-home-video.

I am a member of Visual Artists Ireland and the  Backwater Artists Network.


2009  — Post-Graduate Diploma in Education, CIT- Crawford College of Art and Design.

2008  — Bachelor in Fine Art (Hons), CIT – Crawford College of Art and Design.

Joint winner of University College Cork Purchase Prize 2008 at Degree Show.

1987  —  Certificate of Qualification in Social Work, Edinburgh University.

1981  —  Bachelor of Social Science, University College Cork.

Panel 2


Please contact me  below  or  email  gillianocussano@gmail.com
Thank you.