I draw on paper with a variety of media while my painting is usually in acrylic or watercolour. My work is based on nature but is not always representational.


My inspiration comes from the  life in my garden and the surrounding fields of rural Cork and from my relationship with our domestic pets and animals.


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


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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 work part-time as an art facilitator in a number of nursing homes in County Cork.

I facilitate the Lonradh  art sessions at the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork for people with memory loss and their carers.

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  third level.

Gillian Cussen

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 at gillted@eircom.net.

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I would like to hear any comments you may have about my work.

Thank you.