My name is Jacinta Callaghan and I look forward to meeting you in my salon, art gallery or here online where you can learn more about me and who I am and the creative ways I fill my life.
As a child I was always interested in doing anything creative with my hands. I loved to knit, sew, crochet, paint, sketch, decorate and all types of hairdressing.
I aspired to become a hairdresser from a young age, imagining my mother’s mop was a head of hair and would spend ages cutting it, curling and styling it... much to my mother’s amusement!
Whilst at primary school I was encouraged in my love of art and creativity by a great teacher, she helped me to develop my artistic and creative skill at a young age and her interest and kindness gave me a feeling of self-importance and belief in myself and my abilities.
The passion for all things creative and artistic is still with me today and I have turned my love of working with my hands into my two professions of hairdresser and artist.
It seemed natural to me to start my own hairdressing business at the mere age of 20. I had trained at a young age in a Peter Mark Salon in Dublin and also worked at Jon Paul in Derry. So in 1980, having gained experience working in salons, I set up my own salon on Pump Street, Kerrykeel, a quaint seaside village in County Donegal.
As Jacinta’s Hairdressers celebrates 40 years in business, I felt it was time to add my art studio to the same premises and there you will now find, Jacinta Callaghan Art Gallery.
I like to paint landscapes, flowers and animals but enjoy landscapes and nature the most, in particular, local landscapes such as the Fanad Lighthouse and Ballymastocker Bay. I have continued to paint and refine my skills and to date, I have sold numerous paintings worldwide including Ireland, America and New Zealand. I paint in a variety of media including oils, acrylic and watercolour, currently favouring oil paint. Some of my work is currently displayed in my salon in Kerrykeel and of course here on my website.
Jacinta’s Hairdressers has become a formidable business with local clients and visitors from near and far. As well as developing my skills in artistry, I continued my professional development in hairdressing by attending various courses in Derry, Belfast and Dublin.
All my art and art merchandise can be shipped worldwide and I accept bespoke art commission work, especially on many of the scenic locations around my home county of Donegal, along the Wild Atlantic Way.
I look forward to connecting with you all soon