Irish Tatler

Dorothy Cross, Salvatore of Lucan and Alice Maher on the space that shapes their work

Five contemporary artists invite Irish Tatler into their studios. Photography by Rich Gillian. Styling by Aisling Farinella

Dorothy Cross photographed at her studio in Connemara: ‘I don’t separate work and life, it’s all the one’

Dorothy Cross

“It has to be beautiful,” says Dorothy Cross, of her studio and home on the Connemara coast. “That’s how I find my balance. I couldn’t live anywhere ugly.”

The internationally acclaimed artist first came to Connemara in the nineties to scuba-dive. A keen swimmer, she had always wanted to live near the ocean. She bought a piece of land, and with the help of architects and friends McCullough Mulvin, built her studio, a ...