Louise was born in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary and grew up in Dublin. She benefited from a north/south education attending schools in Fermanagh and Dublin. She started her art career at The Art College, Belfast and following this, entered The National College of Art and Design in Dublin graduating in Graphic Design while specialising in illustration.

On moving to Japan (1987-1990) with her husband Louise started to paint full-time. Louise has exhibited extensively in Ireland and Japan and to-date has held numerous sell-out one woman shows. Group exhibitions include the Kansai International Show, Kobe, Japan and the Japan Exhibition at the Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork.

Louise is a painter, not attached to any particular school, deriving ideas, tastes and styles from various sources. She paints in a mixed medium of watercolour, acrylic and gouache on a variety of hand-made papers but in particular Japanese handmade paper called “Washi”. Each piece of paper has it’s own unique character, which dictates the painting technique and subject matter, with the result that some of the paintings are detailed while others work more specifically with the colour and texture of the paper. Her painting is primarily influenced by the Irish countryside and it’s rich colour and people.

Her work is held in public and private collections. She operates her own private gallery at Ringrone Kinsale where her current works can be viewed. She has undertaken commissions for RTE (The National Radio/Television Broadcasting Authority) and the Irish Food Writers Guild.

Louise has been an avid teacher of art to children and adults for more than 20 years and runs regular art classes from her Kinsale studio. Click here to find out more about her classes.

“At her best McKeon translates a Japanese delicacy of detail into the Irish vernacular. She notices the small things in a landscape ­ the perfect reflection of a rusty gatepost in a muddy puddle or the contrasting texture of a rotting piece of wood perched on an old stone wall. But she can also handle bigger things, notably maritime skies which are usually grey and stormy, caught at that moment when the sun shines on the foreground as a storm approaches from behind. Her work is remarkable for its spontaneity and its unsentimental celebration of the visual pleasures of this part of the world.” – [Kinsale, Co Cork, Ireland]
Alannah Hopkin, The Sunday Times