Custom House Studios and Gallery

The Custom House Studios

The Quay, Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland

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Capturing the Light

Marie Wood

Opens 29 August 7.30pm, runs until 22 September 2019

Custom House Studios are pleased to present an exhibition of paintings;  Capturing the Light by Marie Wood  opening Thursday August 29th  at 7.30pm. Guest speaker Benita Stoney. Exhibition runs every day until September 22nd  2019.


The Exhibition is a distillation of the spirit of the Mayo landscape, revealing a sense of the extraordinary, looking past the obvious and capturing the fleeting magical light. The land/seascape images are my most recent works. They are all mixed media collage/painting. They reflect where I am to date in my quest to convey a sense of the place that is my home. Energy and passion are a constant presence throughout the works. I delight in the pleasure of seeing; being totally in tune with my surroundings, and somehow trying to find the right alchemy between the medium, the subject and the moment.


My camera is my sketch book, and the photographs I take are often the starting point for working, influencing composition and colour of each new piece. I am not interested in portraying a likeness but want to create something which represents the total experience and excitement of that place, at that time.

I use prepared experimental painted and printed papers that create an unusual palette of textures and colours, these materials throw up unexpected pathways into the work. When applied, they take on a life of their own, creating a new order, an equivalence, which invariably develops its own dynamic aesthetic beyond the initial photograph, often more abstract, but beating to the time of the initial idea. I continue to develop and experiment with ideas; each new work is almost like re-learning everything from scratch!


Marie Wood studied and trained in Birmingham, and then worked in art education in both Birmingham and Cumbria for nearly 20 years. She has been working as a professional artist for 18 years and has been living in Mayo for almost 5 years, having moved from the UK. Marie has exhibited widely in public and commercial galleries throughout Scotland, England and Ireland. Her first solo exhibition was in The National Gallery of Scotland, and she has twice exhibited works at The Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh.  Marie has works in private collections in Ireland, UK, America, Italy and France.