Behind the lens
"I think I have a touch of mad cow disease, because it is very difficult to identify what it is that makes me want to paint cows; trying to understand the appeal for others is even more difficult.
It started completely by accident. I took a photo of a friendly cow and it has become a passion.
Living in Dingle helps as there is no shortage of willing models. I have been painting cow portraits for four years now, and to me there is nothing better than chatting to a herd of cows over a gate, camera in hand, then getting back to the studio to try to capture their dribbling insouciance.
I'm getting quite good at being able to distinguish say, a Hereford from a Holstein and a heifer from a bull, and in the past two years I've developed a bit of a grá for my quietly curious bovine neighbours.
There's another side to cows that I seek to portray – they too are complex characters in much the same way as humans are."
Kelly Hood's 'Cows in the Court' exhibition is in the Powerscourt Centre, Dublin, until January 31.