Non-talented and inspiring is fondly remembered
There was a wave of sadness and shock following the death of popular local artist Non Waters.
She died peacefully at her home in Clonkeen, The Pigeons, on Sunday, November 28, according to her death notice on rip.ie, following a disease bravely fought.
Since the sad news leaked into the local community, there has been a plethora of touching tributes online from other artists, from those she has taught in various roles over the years, from many people. who have appreciated her work and so many others that she has touched in various ways. in Glasson, Athlone and beyond.
A post on the Glasson Craft Gallery Facebook page on Monday recalled the “beautifully talented and inspiring Non Waters” who have held their Artastic children’s exhibition in the gallery for many years. “A very talented artist and the most charming and positive woman you can meet, she left a rich legacy to the many young children she taught,” he added in tribute.
Artist Anna Boles has expressed her shock and sadness over Non’s passing, describing her as “the kindest, sweetest and most creative talented soul” she has ever met. Having first met her at the No to Fernhill exhibition in 2018, Anna said her art really touched her.
“We talked about how exhilarating painting is and yet, how our creative minds can be so hopelessly isolated from time to time. We just connected in a very rare way that words really can’t describe, “said Anna, who said her thoughts are with Non’s family and friends who have lost this” beautiful, thoughtful and caring person. She was honored to know.
The many condolences on rip.ie were about a special, sweet and caring person who always had a smile on their face.
Christened Rhiannon, an old Welsh name, she told the Westmeath Independent in 2015 that her sister shortened her name in her youth and it was just from there.
Growing up in the Middle East and Far East because his parents were in the diplomatic service, Non often moved in his youth, listing Kuwait, Laos, Thailand, Japan and Greece as a glimpse of where she spent her youth before coming back. settle in the UK.
While art has always been a part of her life, when she spoke to this article a few years ago, Non reiterated her concerns of not making a living from it, taking time to travel and do other things. before studying at the Winchester School of Art. She worked in marketing before teaching and working on various art projects in the UK.
Non ended up settling in the Glasson area after meeting her husband John, a cousin of her art school friend, at a party in England. She embraced her new home and her role as a dedicated mother and talented artist. Her children’s art classes have proven to be extremely popular, as have her solo exhibitions and teaching jobs at Athlone Community Training Center, Athlone IT and others.
She has also won many fans for her artwork “Guinness men” of older men at the bar, her funny caricatures and, more recently, her colorful pieces inspired by Celtic mythology. Non was thrilled in February when her pink haired goddess Brigid was spectacularly lit up on the walls of a cathedral in Kildare and locally on Athlone Castle as part of the captivating Herstory Light Show.
She also spoke fondly soon after about her own cancer diagnosis and the importance of art as therapy for her. This, in turn, inspired her to create a stunning painting depicting Airmid, the Irish Goddess of Healing, whom she hoped to inspire others.
Her husband John, beloved daughter Annie, sons Conor, Ryan, Jack and Ruairi, sisters Cei, Kim and brother Nicholas, sister-in-law Jennifer, nephews, Rhiannon Waters (née Davies) is dearly missed. nieces, relatives and all his many friends and co-workers.
Her funeral was today (Wednesday, December 1) at Tubberclair Church, followed by Mount Jerome Cremotorium at 2:30 p.m.