Majella makes paintings which try to make sense of what it means to live in this remote, rural and beautiful part of the world
— Ann Davoren, Uillinn, West Cork Arts Centre
Core to her expression is the language of paint itself. Gradations of tone, virtual modelling with pigment, traces of gesture are all central to her articulation.
— Niamh Ann Kelly, Art Critic

About Majella

Majella O’Neill Collins was born in West Cork in 1964. She studied at Limerick School of Art and Design and now lives and works on Sherkin Island, West Cork.

Majella played a leading role in establishing the acclaimed Cork University Hospital Millennium Collection, which contains the work of numerous leading artists and she is a member of the CUH Arts Committee since 2000.

She is currently a facilitator on the BA Visual Arts Degree Programme on Sherkin Island and was one of the key people involved in its set-up from the Pilot Programme in 1999 to its accreditation as an honours degree programme by Dublin Institute of Technology.

With her colleague Cora Collins, she ran the Sherkin Summer Art Workshops, a residential art course based on Sherkin Island from 2011 to 2015.

Majella served as a Board Member of West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen for 9 years and was the Chairperson of the Board from 2003 to 2009 when she steered the building development project as a member of the Building Development Group. A new purpose-built arts building opened to the public in Skibbereen in January 2015.

She has exhibited throughout Ireland and abroad and her work is represented in many private and public collections in Ireland, Europe, the USA and Australia.