Petria Lenehan is a contemporary artist living in Tinahely, Co. Wicklow. She is a colourist and painter, often working on a large scale, she places great emphasis on connection and emotion. With a background in both English literature and fashion design and following a move to New York with her family in 2014, she began to delve into painting. After several years developing and selling her work, Lenehan has returned to rural Ireland to focus on her art practice full time.
She now spends her days painting atmospheric abstract landscapes from her studio in rural Co. Wicklow as a way to express her deep connection to place and nature. The paintings are interpretations of landscapes both internal and external, exploring overlapping themes of sensory perception, memory, and elements of the natural world.
Lenehan paints in fluid acrylics and oils on both large scale canvas and smaller works on wood. Each work is the result of a continuous cycle of intuitive unfolding, a repeated process of layering and what she calls “unpainting” – where removal and reduction are often as important as the act of painting itself. There is a healing energy to discover in the work and an invitation to explore the elusive interplay that exists between the spiritual realms of the human experience and the physical world we inhabit.