Anne Marie McGrane
'Patience is a virtue'
Ballyfermot Road, Le Fanu Avenue Junction, Ballyfermot, Dublin 12
I know this area of Ballyfermot very well, it’s smack bang in the middle of primary schools, secondary schools, colleges, the youth centre, swimming pool, the library, the supermarket and local shops....basically every place a child needs/wants to go. At any time of the day, you can walk along there and see mothers, fathers, grandparents and child-minders wrangling groups of kids to and from their activities. The area is teeming with children and young people and quite chaotic at times. I love it and I wanted this artwork to reflect this chaos (in a humorous way) and show a poor stressed Mother Hen with her unruly brood. I think it’s very child-friendly and will give the kiddies a laugh on their school run but it will also let the Mammies have a chuckle to see their own chaos and stress reflected in the Mother Hen.
I am an Irish artist living and working in Ballyfermot... I grew up there too, I would be absolutely delighted to paint a box there. I have a Degree in Fine Art and a Diploma in Community Arts Education. I worked for over a decade as a Community Arts Facilitator but since 2017 I am working for myself, painting portraits of children and pets. You can see my portrait work here www.portraitsnstuff.ie. I also work at an illustration from time to time and its something I hope to get more involved with in the future.