A West Cork native Nora Buttimer has always had a great interest in Art from childhood. While working at UCC she took many hobby courses and attended summer schools both here and abroad most notably to The St Ives School of Painting and also working with Ms Jean Parry Williams (animal artist) who lived in Gloucestershire UK. Biological science has many visual aspects including animal illustration, colour changes in chemical reactions, and the observation of animal and plant life under a microscope. Prior to more formally studying Art Nora has had biological illustrations published in scientific papers and also received awards for Logo Design.
Taking a career break in 2001 to pursue a course in Art Craft and Design at Colaiste Stiofan Naofa in Cork. greatly expanded her knowledge of the many different art forms. This initiated her decision to follow the path of Fine Art later graduating from the Crawford College of Art with a degree in Painting in June 2010 Since April 2011 as a member of Sample Studios Nora has been practising at the Old Fas Building Sullivan’s Quay .
She is represented at the 2020 Gallery in Cork.
As a Biological Science technician in the Zoology Department UCC the Aquatic Environment has greatly influenced my work to date.
The processes involved in biology are quite similar to those of an artist working in the natural world i.e.gathering of materials followed by the organization, investigation and in depth research of same.
Coastal and river scapes provide the sources for scientific research and are essential to the integrity of my work now. Field trips continue to be very enjoyable experiences. The outdoors always give me a sense of freedom particularly the West Cork coastlines possibly because of childhood memories as well.
The relentless energy of flowing water, how living things move and breath within it, the myriad of wonderful colours visible underwater all hold a particular fascination for me.
In my more recent paintings I have introduced some organic structures, both animal and plant life more specifically microscopic imagery to better inform the more fluid and solid passages in the work thus enhancing it’s visual appeal.
Different mediums including acrylic paint, inks, sand, tissue, textured wallpaper, textiles, marks using dried seaweed and grasses are all incorporated into the finished piece.