Mazzarella O'Flaherty is an award-winning, Dingle-born folk artist and musician. In 1975, International Women's Year, she won the Soroptomist's Award in the oil category. In 1997, she converted her cottage in Dingle town to a studio gallery.
Mazzland, the title Mazz has adopted for her work since 1990, is an expression of personal images influenced firstly by the stark beauty of West Kerry and the changing ways of life on Europe's western seaboard. Mazz would describe herself as a colourist first. Impressionism influences her work; lively, bright sweeping strokes dance on the canvas portraying moods, stormy seas, flower filled fields and landscapes.
Mazz continues to paint, write songs and perform.
Mazz has exhibited in many solo shows and group exhibitions in both Ireland and the U.S.A. Current Themes for her artwork are "Island and Sunsets, Seven Waves and Dance of the Fire Flowers.
A selection of my paintings
Mazz O’ Flaherty .. Artist./ Singer/ Songwriter ..born and
living in Dingle, Co. Kerry. Ireland.
My Paintings ( Acrylic and oils ).
Inspired by the wild and windswept seas and mountains
of West Kerry .. which infiltrates my feelings and emotions
through ever changing colours and Light .
I am keenly aware of the sea-fairing tradition in The
O’Flaherty family, and I feel I have inherited an
understanding of the moods of the oceans..which I depict
in the paintings of the ‘Islands and the Sunsets’… Also drawing
from the symbolism of the number 7 which brings forth
‘The Seventh Wave’ series .. giving honour to the fact that
the waves break on the 7th turn of the current tides.
At the moment I am also painting “The Dance of the fire
flowers “ series .. and as time goes by more inspiration
comes to me .
I think that the words I wrote in “ The Painting Song “
“ the colours on the canvas …
An embroidery of our dreams …
Is the foundation rock of my art. As I journey
through a tapestry of colours in my life
Hope you enjoy my colours etc.. as much as I do
painting them . All the best,
Mazz O’ Flaherty.