born : 25 June 1960, Los Angeles, California, USA
acquired Irish nationality: 1994
Primary and Secondary schools: Eagle Rock, Los Angeles 1965-1976
1980 --- BA magna cum laude, Mount St. Mary’s College, Brentwood, Los Angeles
English Literature with a secondary major in Fine Art, minor in Philosophy
1985 --- MA, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)
Folklore and Mythology, specialisation in Celtic Studies (thesis: “Deirdre as
1990 --- Diploma in Medieval Studies –First Class Honours, University College Cork (UCC)
Department of Early and Medieval Irish, specialisations in Palaeography,
Medieval Latin and Old Irish
Other academic work:
1976 --- Summer School in Fine Art, Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles
1978 --- Bread Loaf Summer School in English (graduate studies), Middlebury College,
Vermont, specialisation in Anglo-Irish Literature, 17th Century Poetry and
the Feminine in Sacred Literature
1979 --- Summer School in Classical Philosophy and English Literature Studies, UCLA
1984 --- Summer School in Irish Studies (History and Literature), UCC
1989 --- Summer School in Latin, Dept of Classics, Trinity College, Dublin
1993 --- MPhil programme, UCC, Dept of Early and Medieval Irish, specialisation in
Insular Palaeography. Examinations completed, Thesis pending.
1999 --- Graduate Summer School in Latin (MPhil Preparatory Programme)
1999-2001 --- Visiting Scholar, Dept of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, Cambridge University.
Honorary Graduate at Jesus College. Research topic: “A Palaeographical
Exposé of the Irish Double Psalter of Saint-Evroult, now in Rouen”
1979 --- Guest lecturer, Dept of Philosophy, Mt St Mary’s College, Los Angeles
1990-1993 --- Assistant Professor & Tutor, courses in Celtic Civilisation and Old English,
1996-1998 --- Lecturer in Communications, English and Graphic Design, Waterford Institute
1998-1999 --- Research Assistant, Locus Irish Place-Names Project, Dept of Early and
Medieval Irish, UCC
2005-2006 --- Lecturer in the techniques of medieval illumination for the Atelier de
Patrimoine, Saintes (Charente-Maritime), France
2006 --- Guest Lecturer (& Instructor for practical workshops), Médiathèque de Cambrai,
France, Conference and Exhibition “Aux Marges de l’Imaginaire”: marginal imagery
in Medieval Manuscripts and its inspiration for illumination and fantasy art today.
Exhibitions of Painting, Calligraphy and Illumination: 1987 to present, galleries include:<br />
Beverly Hills; Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork; Bandon Pottery; Spiddal
Craft Village, Galway; Crafts Council of Ireland, Dublin; Maison Intercantonale and
Maison Falleur, Cambrai; Salle Centrale and Espace Leclerc, Saintes; Château de la
Roche Courbon and Château de Dampierre-sur-Boutonne, Charente-Maritime,
France ; « Dix » Salon de l’Art Imaginaire, Chalais ; « Chiméria » Salon de l’Art
Fantastique, Sedan ; « Eclats d’Art » Salon d’Art, Aubusson ; and small private
galleries in Angoulême, Ribérac, Neuville-Bourjonval, La Rochelle, and Cambridge.
Demonstrations and Workshops :
Médiathèque de Cambrai ; Fête de l’Ecriture, Théoule-sur-
Mer (2005, 2006, 2007), Journée de la Calligraphie, Mougins (each
summer since 2006) ; for schools and colleges in Cannes, Figeac, Saintes, Pons and
numerous smaller towns in the south-west of France.
Inclusion in the book: World of Faery, Paper Tiger, London, (© Collins & Brown 2005)
Appearance in, and Calligraphy for, a series of documentaries for “Thalassa” (French
television), 2008. (documents and styles of handwriting of historical personages)
Commissions for numerous clients and official documents for: The National University of
Ireland, the Irish Presidency and Gallery of the Military (Air Force), Pfizer
Corporation, “Pentacle” magazine (articles and artwork), “Faerie” magazine, etc.
Other Interests :
1975-1982 --- Soloist with the Southern California Ballet (Tatiana Riabouchinska-Lichine,
director), and head of the Junior School of Dance 1976-1988.
1989-1993 --- Guest Artist/Soloist, Cork Ballet Company (Joan-Denise Moriarty, director)
1997-1999 --- Soloist, Cork City Ballet (Alan Foley, director)
1979 to present --- amateur harpist (Irish or folk harp), teacher of harp since 2007 (private).