Orla Campbell has been a professional painter since graduating in June 2000 from the University of Ulster at York Sreet, Belfast, Northern Ireland with a BA(Hons) in Fine & applied Art. On graduating she was awarded the Student Graduate award sponsored by the First Trust Bank. Orla has since exhibited thoughout Ireland, the UK and abroad and has works in private and corporate collections around the world. Artist's Statement “Art is nothing more than the shadow of humanity.” Henry James. Orla has become known for signature traits in her paintings which include skyscapes, projecting vessular shapes and lines which dart and spiral across the picture plane and beyond. "The shapes I like to think of as humanlike and essentially souls. The lines, wind zephyrs, sprites and things which are not of this world." "I hope to evoke feelings of wonder through my paintings. They are not really to be understood: as viewers will so often instinctively try to do; but instead be appreciated for what they are, a mood, an aura, a mystery and a glimpse into my imagination. "I look to the masters for my inspiration and am strongly influenced by Italian Rennaissance artists to include Boticcelli, Titian, Bellini and Da Vinci. "My paintings are created with the view to evoke questions from the viewer. To challenge their perceptions of ‘modern art’ and to let their imagination create the stories behind that art".