Anne Merrins

Born in Dublin in 1961, Anne emigrated to Canada with her family at the age of 15, where she lived for 15 years, studying art, and Psychology at McGill University, in Montreal. While the Canadian wilderness proved a great inspiration, it is the stark ‘Irishness’ of Connemara and it’s people that has always been at the heart of her work. She returned home in 1990 to live in Connemara.

In a career spanning 35 years she has participated in many group and solo exhibitions both in Canada and Ireland.

She has exhibited in the Sales Gallery of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and in both The Royal Hibernian Academy’s Banquet and Annual Exhibitions, where in 1992 she won ‘The Award for Work of Exceptional Merit in Watercolour’.

In 2009, having raised her boys in Clifden, she realised a lifelong dream of opening The Whitethorn Gallery, and has devoted the last 11 years building it into the Mainstream Gallery that it is today.



1982  Bachelor of Arts at McGill University, Montreal, Canada.                              

1998 1 Year of Masters in Counselling Proram at Trinity College,  Dublin.



1992 R.H.A Annual Exhibition Award for “Work of Exceptional Merit in Watercolour.”



 1982 Image Gallery, Dublin

1983 Waterloo Fine Arts, Dublin

1987 The Patrick Gallery, Montreal, Canada.



1983  Solomon Gallery, Dublin.

1984 Oriel Gallery, Dublin

1985 Joint Exhibition with Markey Robinson and Cecil McGuire R.U.A At the Coté Gallery, Montreal, Canada.

1986  Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Sales Gallery, Canada.

1987  Leroux Gallery, Montreal, Canada.

1990 Breslin Gallery, Blackrock.

1992  R.H.A Annual Exhibition, Dublin. (Award winner that year)

1992  Riverrun Gallery, Galway.

1994 Invited to Exhibit at the R.H.A. Banquet Exhibition, Dublin.

1995 Solomon Gallery,Christmas Show, Dublin.

1996 Solomon Gallery, Christmas Show, Dublin.

1997 Solomon Gallery, Christmas Show, Dublin.


Work regularly exhibited at Combridges Fine Arts, Dublin.