Clodagh’s art ranges from highly abstract to impressionistic. Her art is emotive and physical. Strong colours and bold shapes are recurring features in her works. The creative process is driven by a desire to represent an intangible - such as a mood, a feeling, a concept - in a tangible fashion. Works range from direct and bold to understated. Works show a simplicity in their orchestration coupled with a complexity of colour and concept. A central theme in many of her works is that of the possibility of differing interpretations - an invitation to look beyond the first view. All is not as it first seems. As with the Irish landscape, there is a veiled element to many of her works, inviting wonder at what lies concealed. Texture plays an important part in much of Clodagh’s art, adding an additional element of physical tangibility to her paintings. Texture is often used to simultaneously hide and reveal colours or depths. The crevices and the peaks of the texture can capture the paint in unexpected ways. She works with Acrylics while her preferred tools are the palette knife and long handled brushes. The palette knife allows for swift and definite strokes as well as a very physical involvement with the paint, while the long brushes facilitate an open painterly style. Clodagh is influenced by her work and travel in Europe, Africa and Asia.
“A welcome sense of belonging to a community of artists on a particular project. Enjoyment of use of a new starting block (a wheel hub), a new 'problem' to work with. Enjoyment of a whimsical, yet serious response to an environmental issue.” Clodagh Heagney