Olive Cuskelly is a local professional artist living near Daingean, Co. Offaly. Having studied Visual Communications and working in a leading design firm in Sydney she returned to Ireland to open her own design company in 1997. During this time she received many prestigious Business Excellence Awards. In 2003 Olive decided to dedicate herself full time to her art and focus primarily on her painting.
Since then she has opened a purpose built art studio ‘The Green Haven’ and has exhibited her work widely through the years. Olive’s paintings are now held in many private and public collections in Ireland, England, France and Australia.
Olive is inspired by her natural surroundings and delights in the power and energy of the human figure. Among her many influences is the artist Kenneth Webb. As a contemporary artist, she has been able to progress and continually evolve, without being limited to a particular style or media. She has a unique ability to exploit the medium by combining both fine brush detail with textured palette knife work. She aims to capture the viewer’s imagination while focusing on mood and atmosphere.