Deirdre Gillespie lives and works in Bandon Co. Cork where she has her studio. She is a graduate of the Crawford College of Art and Design in Cork. She works in oil ,acrylic, glass and most recently chalk pastel. 'my work is mostly to do with the interior life, the struggles, stresses and hopefully the joys too. Caterpillar for example is about that awkward stage where the idea of the butterfly has yet to be realized. We have the house we have the tree was painted before the recession but could just as easily have been painted today'. 'I am at present doing a Masters in Art Therapy and my Pastels are a bridge between these two very different ways of image making. I tended in the past to respond to a situations be it emotional or otherwise with an image in my head which I then worked out and translated on to canvas. I now begin with no idea at all...'.