The Artist

Annabel Langrish studied painting at Cheltenham, Wolverhampton and Sligo. After raising a family and establishing a smallholding in Leitrim, she returned to painting and in 1993 she won the Iontas National Painting Award which led to a series of well-received exhibitions.

Annabel's upbringing in Barbados gave her an experience of colour and pattern that influences her lively, varied and highly creative work.

The move to West Cork in 2005, with husband Klaus, brought her back to the sea and mountains which have inspired another phase in her artistic life.

Her work ranges from watercolours, oils and drawings of landscape, boats, animals and the human figure to vibrant painted ceramics, raku, and sculpture. Always a beachcomber, she constructs mirrors, pictures and fleets of boats using driftwood and found objects.

A visit to the home gallery in Ahakista, will bring you to the Heron Gallery café , serving delicious cakes and lunches from Easter until the end of August. You can browse in the gallery, and take a walk in the artist's garden, which is full of quirky ideas, wildlife freindly habitats, orchard, ponds and gorgeous colourful borders. Annabel is usually to be found in the garden or in her studio.

These are some pictures from our garden and home.