Originally from Dublin, now living in Laois, Kevin McCann lives in a house he calls ‘Glory Glory’ – his “very own slice of heaven” in the foothills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains. Having left school early, Kevin originally trained as a carpenter. However, he soon discovered an artistic streak, and began working in different ways with wood, carving and shaping it into beautiful pieces and making furniture. He also developed an interest in ceramics and particularly enjoys sculpting figures.

He shares his home with a menagerie of animals, including his beloved collection of birds. He says if he never had to step foot outside his home he would be content to stay there, painting, woodcarving, sculpting and caring for his animals.

Kevin describes painting as something he has always felt compelled to do. He has been drawing and painting since he was a child and would have loved the opportunity to go to art college. A self-taught artist, Kevin particularly enjoys working with oils. He occasionally paints with acrylics and loves drawing with pencil and charcoal.

He has had a few successes in art competitions. A few years ago, he applied to take part in a council-supported arts project. He was honoured to have his wood carving of swans displayed at Kilminchy Lake in Laois.

A true creative, Kevin also plays guitar and writes music, and has played at the Electric Picnic festival.

Kevin can be contacted by email at kevin@kevinmccann.ie