Celtic Mystic is one of a pair of mixed media oil paintings. The other painting in the set was presented to Prince Albert on the occassion of the state visit to Ireland.  My grandfather and Princess Grace's grandfather were cousins. Prince Albert said to me that loved the celtic designs, so I did this painting in honour of his state visit to Ireland.  It's an incredible story - his Grandfather left Ireland to go get work in USA and he became known as "Bricky Kelly" in Philadephia working in construction and became very successful.  Prince Albert returned to visit the original cottage in Mayo as a Prince who has never forgotten the richness of his Irish heritage and his sense of belonging to the irish people.  The Kelly family won both an Olympic medal in rowing, and Grace won an Oscar as an actress.

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Welcome to the website of Cathy Hughes, a painter born and reared in the West of Ireland.

Throughout my life I have been painting as a means of creative output. My upbringing in the West of Ireland, Mayo and the Aran Islands has influenced my use of colour and Celtic mythology with maritime imagery. I draw a lot of imagination and inner thoughts from those memories and transfer those emotions to canvass, using bold colour in an abstract and mixed media approach to demonstrate my images and feelings from within.

My childhood experiences on the Aran Islands are influencing my present work, with a series on the Aran Stitches, based on the age old story of the Aran Sweater.

My paintings are displayed in numerous venues throughout the west of ireland and are available for sale as original artworks or limited-edition high quality prints. Please see the gallery for samples of my work - prices shown are for the original work. Contact me if you are interested in purchasing a painting or a print.

Email me on cathy@hughes.ie or phone +353 87 235 9152

Cathy Hughes.