10' by 2' Acrylic on Canvas 2019 Cormac McCarthy Fine Art A journey through the provinces of Ireland from Munster to Ulster.
Acrylic on Canvas 2019 Cormac McCarthy Fine Art For some time, Cormac was very interested in the passage of time and how things could be fleeting like the dandelion seed, or steadfast like the ancient monuments of his home in Ireland. Several paintings grew from this obsession. This one shows the beautiful, fleeting dandelion interacting with the ancient, unwavering Hore Abbey of County Tipperary. The interplay speaks to the duality of the passage of time. Life can float away like a whisper in the wind, and can endure like a rock in a stone wall. This painting is a mixed media piece with acrylic ink applied with pens, and acrylic paint applied with palette knives. The colors and negative space interact to give this painting an old and ancient feel.
48" x 36" Acrylic on Canvas 2019 Cormac McCarthy Fine Art NFS This huge portal tomb is located in the west of Ireland and was the burial tomb for up to 30 Celtic people, between 4,200 B.C. and 2,900 B.C. It is an iconic site for many Irish people and is easily recognized due to its shape and sheer size. Cormac visited this site many times, pondered its majesty, and was in awe of the engineers and builders who created it. These builders had a strong connection to the cosmos. In this painting, Cormac captures the wonder and awe of the tomb while drawing attention to its possible connection to the constellations of the winter solstice sky. His love for the rich history of his country is evident to see.
Tomb of the Gods
48" x 36" Acrylic on Canvas 2019 Cormac McCarthy Fine Art Ireland is a country steeped in history and mythology. It is an ancient place where the stories of old are entwined with mystery, magic, and historical fact. The Irish landscape is speckled with ancient monuments, castles, and tombs, and Newgrange in the Boyne Valley is arguably the most magnificent of them all. Said to be the burial tomb of "An Dagda," the father of the Irish Celtic gods, it has stood for over 5,000 years. It is a passage tomb and on the morning of the winter solstice, the sun shines through the central passage and illuminates the inside of the tomb. As a child, Cormac grew up visiting these places with his family, being immersed in the stories from ancient Irish literature, and learning about his connection to the place he comes from. This painting is a celebration of the builders who made this tomb and the legacy they left behind for the Irish people.
Acrylic on Canvas 2019 Cormac McCarthy Fine Art This painting is an echo back to ancient times when druids and female healers traveled the Irish countryside. It contains aspects of the man-made and natural Celtic world from depictions of the Ogham stone, an ancient gravestone, antlers of the great Irish elk, and the spiraled line, all of which were revered. These items are part of both history and mythology and are woven throughout the Irish historical culture.
24" x 18" Acrylic on Canvas 2019 Cormac Mccarthy Fine Art This view is from the stern of the Washington State Ferry, "Kittitas." This wild Washington day on the Puget Sound produced these powerful and beautiful clouds, creating a deep and ominous reflection on the water. A little boat splits the dark water as it travels to the Mukilteo dock. The scene is full of power and shows the wildness of the winter ocean.
24" x 18" Acrylic on Canvas 2019 Cormac McCarthy Fine Art This image shows the plains of Tipperary, Cormac's beloved home. The plains of crops glow golden brown and radiate in a range of greens. The fields flood into the distance, touching the sky in an endless procession. The cloud-rich sky shimmers with blues, turquoise, and lavender and blend into the fields to finish this tapestry of color.
24" x 18" Acrylic on Canvas 2019 Cormac McCarthy Fine Art These dancing flowers, inspired by the beautiful Bird of Paradise, bring light and joy to this beautiful lake. They stand swaying in the wind among the protective rushes and are the perfect focal point to this sweet painting. The emerald hills in the distance create a wall of green protecting the lake from the world outside. The summer marsh land glows with a golden hue and rests as a forest of rushes protects the life beneath.
24" x 18" Acrylic on Canvas 2019 Cormac Mccarthy Fine Art This painting reflects the mystery of the ocean, and how sometimes, our destination can be both right in front of us and so far away. What is observable is fleeting and elusive. The horizon shimmers and dances in the distance. Finding the land is elusive as it seems almost like a mirage in the distance. Is it actually there?
24" x 18" Acrylic on Canvas 2019 Cormac McCarthy Fine Art It is said that seven counties of Ireland can be seen from the glorious Vee Pass in the Knockmealdown mountains near Cormac’s home in Ireland. A site frequently visited by Cormac, it is an area steeped in mythological lore and history. Many tales speak of the otherworldly places contained within the mountain range and this painting captures the mystery and majesty of the Vee Pass. The beautiful village of Clogheen, meaning "small stone," lights up the foreground of the painting as evening starts its decent into the valley.
24" x 18" Acrylic on Canvas 2019 Cormac McCarthy Fine Art Cormac lives on beautiful Whidbey Island in the Puget Sound off the coast of Seattle. Every day, hundreds of people commute to work from the islands of Puget Sound to the mainland, and every day they are treated to views of Mother Nature at her most beautiful. The clouds in the sky often hold the most majesty. On the day the photograph that inspired this painting was taken, the sky seemed to contain so many different types of clouds. This painting is a celebration of the sky and the beauty of the islands in the Puget Sound.