Derval Freeman graduated from Limerick School of Art and Design in 1996 with a diploma in fine art painting. She has exhibited in several solo and group shows throughout her career and her work is in many private collections.
Derval’s painting style leans towards abstract expressionism and there is an element of the figurative in the work too. Her inspirations come from her life experiences past and present and from nature and the wonders of the universe. Her painting process almost always start’s with the drawing where she mixes loose pencil or charcoal under-drawings with layers in oils and cold wax. She is interested in how the loose under-drawings dictate the paint through shape and mark-making. She has an interest in colour too, how one colour works off the other and how monotones of lights and dark’s influence it. Her paint application is a mix of thickened candy-like impasto’s of oils mixed in cold wax, in contrast with colour transparencies that sweep across the canvas often pulling the composition into place.