As a Biological Science technician in the Zoology Department UCC, the aquatic environment has greatly influenced Buttimer’s work to date. The processes involved in biology are quite similar to those of an artist working in the natural world: Gathering of materials followed by the organisation, investigation and in depth research of same.
Coastal and riverscapes provide the sources for scientific research and are essential to the integrity of her work. Inspired by the sense of freedom and reignition of childhood memory that the West Cork coastlines provides, her painting captures the relentless energy of flowing water, how living things move and breath within it, the myriad of wonderful colours visible underwater all hold a particular fascination for her. Her more recent work introduces some organic structures, both animal and plant life, concentrating on microscopic imagery to better inform the fluid and solid passages in her pieces.
Buttimer uses a range of mediums, including acrylic paint, inks, sand, tissue, textured wallpaper, textiles. Marks using dried seaweed and grasses are all incorporated into the finished piece.