ARTIST Robert Ballagh worked for three months on an oil painting to earn the €10,000 that was stolen from his home at Christmas.
Mr Ballagh (pictured), who is famous for his stamp designs, said he got the commission from a client who wanted him to do a painting similar to a series that he did in the 1970s.
The €10,000, in a suitcase in his wardrobe, was stolen from his home in Broadstone, Dublin, just before Christmas.
"I earned the money for a large painting, which is why (the fee) was quite good," he said. "I was asked to do a version of paintings I did in the 1970s that were a series of lifesize figures looking at modern paintings. The painting in my work was by the American painter Jasper Johns."
He said he kept his earnings in his studio at first, but brought them home and planned to lodge them in the bank.
He does not believe he will get his money back, particularly as the gardai believe the thieves wore gloves, so there were no fingerprints.
The artist plans to install CCTV to protect his home.