Dympna Bonfield is an Irish artist who exhibits work both nationally and internationally. After spending many years living and working in Dublin she returned west, to her native County Clare. Much of her recent work can be seen to reflect this move, as her work has drawn much inspiration from the surrounding landscape which has resulted in a new found freedom of expression that reflects the essential character and culture of the west of Ireland.
From an early age Dympna was interested in drawing and painting as she painted regularly, and with little or no formal training is still mainly self taught. Her career began as a primary school teacher and her interest in art later influenced her to attend the National College of Art in Dublin where she qualified as an art teacher. This led her to teach art in secondary schools and much of her early work during this time took the form of murals which were painted in some of the schools and colleges in which she worked and which can still be seen today. Whilst teaching and living in Dublin she began exhibiting work in one or two of the Dublin galleries.
Cliffs of Moher
Some years ago Dympna's career took a new direction when she undertook further training - this time in Goldsmiths College at London University where she qualified as an art psychotherapist. She has since designed and facilitated a course for psychotherapists enabling them to use art in their work with adults and children. These courses are now being run in various centres in Ireland.