Passionate about painting from a very young age, local artist Kevin Flood is also passionate about passing on his skills.
Speaking to the Leader as he finished a workshop with TY students in Athlone, Kevin explains, “I feel very strongly about teaching.
“I think if you don’t pass on those skills that you’ve been fortunate enough to come across, they will die.”
Adding that he was ‘involved with teaching from an early stage’, Kevin states that he gave it up for a while to focus on his own work, but over the past few years he has started to run workshops again.
With his interest and passion in painting first awakened as a child, Kevin’s formal training was received at Dun Laoghaire School of Art and afterwards, the National College of Art and Design.
Studying sculpture and drawing in Dun Laoghaire, Kevin admits that he never really stopped painting.
Kevin’s work has been featured in public collections and in Galleries around Ireland, including the Oriel in Dublin and currently, Treasures Irish Art, Athlone. Kevin also has a studio at home, which has proven very popular;
“People love to come here. They can see the work I currently have ongoing and some completed work.”
Speaking about his own creative process, Kevin states; “I believe very firmly that there has to be something that inspires you”.
As well as working on his own art and teaching, Kevin has also written articles for Leisure Painter Magazine, a task which he finds ‘very rewarding’. “I have a very good relationship with the magazine and really enjoy writing for them,” he says.
The local artist has also released an instructional DVD, which has proven very useful, particularly for his students.
In the future, Kevin hopes to continue the DVD series and go back to writing for the magazine. Kevin is also carrying out work on his gallery at home, and for the first time in a long time, he is getting the chance to work on large paintings.
For now, he is working on his own art and passing on his vast knowledge and experience, with adult classes in Kinnegad. Open to people with a bit of experience in painting, Kevin explains that participants will be “guided right through from the beginning to the complete work”.
For more information about Kevin and his work, or to book a place in one of his classes, visit www.kevinfloodfineart.com/ or call Kevin on 086 0361169.
Alternatively, you can log onto www.visuallongford.ie, which will be updated with a new local artist every week.