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Celtic Pilgrimages: Ireland & Scotland
Tricia O'Neill
January 7, 2016

Artist’s Statement

Celtic land, and landscape, holds a strong gravitational pull for me. A kind of genetic coding, if you will, that elicits a strong feeling of belonging, the feeling that I am where I should be.

My parents emigrated from Ireland to America in the 1950s. We started going back to Ireland in the 1960s to visit our family there, as we were and are the only members of our extended family here in the States. I was 8 years old when I first went to Ireland and have been traveling there ever since. Consequently the landscapes of both Ireland and Scotland naturally feel like home to me.

This work is an ongoing study of place and belonging; my hope is that through these images the viewer will sense my deep connection to the land.


Tricia O’Neill has been making photographs since the 1970’s. She formalized her love of photography by completing a fine arts degree at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University in 2007. Tricia studied film photography and digital photography at the SMFA, rendering her a versatile photographer with knowledge of both analog and digital photography. Tricia also studied the art of hand lettering at Butera School of Art and founded the company Signs Unique in 1986. Photography and the completion of a fine art degree are fitting extensions of Tricia’s creative endeavors. Tricia’s years behind the brush–painting signs and murals–informs her photography.

Tricia works in a documentary style. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Northeast, in solo shows, juried shows, group shows and is in private collections.