Kinsale artist keen to share his digital skills

A KINSALE-based scholar thought her dream of being an artist was just that.

Dr E Alana James has spent the last decade of her life in academic environments, working with and lecturing to Masters and PhD students at universities around the world from her base in Kinsale.

Originally from the United States, Alana received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Colorado in 1971.

She exhibited her art in galleries and competitions in the United States in the 1980s.

But then life took an academic direction, and in her thirties she put aside her dream of being a full-time artist.

Moving to Kinsale in 2006, she founded her technology company DoctoralNet in 2013.

But now she’s happy to report that the dream is back as she embarks on a new personal creative path – digital art.

And it’s a passion she wants to share with others

“It involves taking and holding photos, pasting them together using digital resizing and reformatting techniques, ending up with 20 or more layers to manipulate,” she explains.

“I print all of my digital collages on canvas, on abstract backgrounds, then overpaint them and sometimes embellish a piece to look raised and glittery.”

This is all done using his iPad and a graphics application called Procreate. While drawing, painting and gluing, Alana can run through her ideas faster, reconsider and change decisions made as each piece is developed. “People often ask why buy art? I believe that buying original artwork is a rewarding treat in many ways.

‘Buy for yourself, as a legacy for others, as an investment or to support those who dedicate their lives to making the world a better place. Some people who buy art don’t need it. It’s often an impulse buy – they fall in love with the art and really want to have it,” she said.

Her art, she says, tells true stories, capturing moments in time: “It celebrates all that life has to offer, the less tangible moments of our inner and outer lives.

Alana is also delighted to be exhibiting her works at the Marina Market in Cork, almost every weekend until Christmas.

She also wants to share her love of digital art with others and hosts an online course for anyone who draws, paints, takes photos or does collage and wants to explore the means of digital art.