80 year-old Carrick artist open first exhibition

An 80 year-old painter is opening the first ever exhibition of her art at Carrick-on-Suir Library this evening (Wednesday) March 4 at 7.30pm.

An 80 year-old painter is opening the first ever exhibition of her art at Carrick-on-Suir Library this evening (Wednesday) March 4 at 7.30pm.

The exhibition of Catherine Lyons’ paintings is proof that you are never too old to pursue your passion in life.

Her art is inspired by her love of nature and the Irish landscape and she uses acrylic on canvas, paper and medite board for her paintings.

She was born in Glenbower, Carrick-on-Suir in 1935 and was one of ten children in her family, the Tobins.

She was educated at Ballyneale National School until the age of 13 and then stayed at home to help her ailing mother and family.

In 1966, she married Michael Lyons and they moved to Glenaskeagh near Grangemockler where they raised four daughters on their dairy farm.

Catherine has enjoyed gardening, flowers, birds and nature all her life. When her daughters were young she liked to draw and colour with them and when they grew up she continued drawing by herself in the evenings as a hobby artist.

It was not until 2009 that she pursued her passion for art further and became a student at the KCat art studio in Callan, Co. Kilkenny.

She completed FETAC Level 5 modules in drawing, painting, mixed media, sculpture and printmaking at this studio and continues to work on her paintings.

The exhibition of her paintings will on display at Carrick-on-Suir Library until the end of March.