I  draw  on paper with a variety of media while my painting is usually in ink and watercolour. I am currently in the process of making my own inks and pigments from natural materials found in/near our garden or the supermarket. My work is founded in nature and is based on the process of blind drawing.

My inspiration comes from life in our rewilded garden and the surrounding fields of rural Cork.

I am experimenting with my own home made charcoal. I use found paper as often as I can for drawing. I plan not to buy any watercolour paint when my current supplies are used up. Let’s see how I get on!


In my work, I try and capture what for me are essential aspects of life around me. Insects, wild plants and animals are a feature of my work. I am also interested in architecture and have done a number of commissions based on buildings of local/historical interest. I like to draw and paint people, especially those whom I know well such as my friend Ana below.


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About Me

I work from my studio at my home in rural North Cork – I enjoy drawing in my garden whose inhabitants include hens, cats, dogs & a beehive. A wildflower area also provides lots of inspiring activity to observe and to work from.  I also find inspiration from observing people, their expressions & the environments they live in.

I have developed a passion for drawing and mark-making in general, whatever the media although my preferences are for charcoal, graphite and watercolour.

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

I  worked as an Art Facilitator with older adults in various Nursing Homes up to 2020.  I have worked on the Lonradh Programme at the Crawford Art Gallery where people with memory loss and their family and carers  for the past nine years and and began doing vieos called  creative-cocooning-with-crawford- art-gallery-online at the start of the pandemic. Since November 2020 I have been doing online videos  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, Backwater Artists Network and Nuacollective.


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.

Two paintings purchased by Office of Public Works at Degree Show 2008.

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

1981  —  Bachelor of Social Science, U.C.C.

I hold art workshops for The Alzheimer’s Cafe, St.Finbarrs Hospital annually.

I work on a sessional basis as a visual artist with Fuse/Music Alive, a collaborative arts group working in hospital and residential settings with older adults.

I have co-facilitated the National Drawing Day workshops in May for the past number of years in the Crawford Art Gallery.

As a qualified art teacher, I can give individual or group classes to students at Junior and Senior cycle in secondary school to assist in preparing for the State exams.

I can offer advice and tuition re portfolio preparation to students considering entry to an art course at the third level.

I have worked as an art facilitator on team days for organisations such as the HSE.

I have given drawing demonstrations to a number of art clubs in the County Cork area.

If you are interested in any of the above, please contact me on (086) 845 5264 gillted@eircom.net.

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Please contact me about any of my  works or possible commissions via below or (086) 845 5246 or gillianocussano@gmail.com

Thank you.