Artist Thomas Higgins. PHOTO: Paul Sherwood

‘I have something valuable to offer the world’

Johnston Central Library is set to host an eagerly anticipated solo exhibition by Cavan artist Thomas Higgins in the coming weeks.

The hometown show follows quickly on the heels of the inclusion of one of his paintings, ‘Haystacks in the Midday Sun’ in the Connecting Artists Collective exhibition in the RHA. That show at Dublin’s Royal College of Surgeons runs until April 28.

Thomas’s work stands on its own strength, but the background of the artists is inspirational.

“Eleven years ago, I overcame a brain haemorrhage and subsequent right leg paralysis,” says Thomas in his bio. “My love for art was a constant source of inspiration and expression during this time and throughout my life. I find solace and acceptance in the world of art.”

Thomas loves to visit exhibitions worldwide and immerses himself in art literature.

“My favourite medium is oil paints. I love recreating old photographs and pictures. I begin each painting by dividing the image into a grid, sketching the main elements, and gradually painting from dark to light.”

Of his participation in the Connecting Artists show he says he is thrilled.

“Through this programme, I aim to advocate for people with disabilities. I want to gain recognition as a local artist and challenge myself outside my comfort zone. I love being part of an artist community that shares my passion for art. The chance to show off my years of dedication and hard work excites me and I think it will prove my belief that I have something valuable to offer the world through my art.”