Lough Mask

Margaret Mulroe, my neighbour in Tourmakeady, Co.Mayo, asked me to do a picture for her son, also called Martin, as a gift for his new house. He built a superb new house in a field beside Sean and Margaret’s house ( his parents ). He had been refused planning permission to have his house built on a site nearer to the lake, with a great view. So he had to settle for a site a small distance from the lake, with the bog in between. However, his architect was a smart person and they have their living room on the first floor, with a huge window from the roof all the way to the ground. It is an enormous window, and it allows those inside to look over to the bog to the lake. Martin likes to fish on the lake shore, and I know a spot he likes, near the little bay with the beach, which is probably visible from his window. The scene I chose for Martin’s house is an oil of that location, the lake, the island offshore, the bend in the small bay, and the view of the mountains on the opposite shore. It is done on 3 canvases, as to be large. This is so that when it is hung in Martin’s new house, it will not be like a postage stamp on his huge walls. His house has fantastically large wall spaces, and I look forward to seeing this picture of lough Mask hanging on it, with a view out the large windows over the lake to the same location. It will be interesting.

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